Incredibly solitary animal so much so that it was not discovered until 1800’s the pygmy hippopotamus is found in West Africa, mainly confined to Liberia, with small numbers in the neighbouring countries of Sierra Leone, Guinea and the Ivory Coast. Pygmy hippo’s are very rare in the wild, with probably only a few thousand left.  Endangered because of habitat loss they are also hunted extensively for food and trophies. (teeth) Populations are declining and becoming increasingly fragmented, the Nigerian population may already be extinct.