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Pygmy Hippo Art Adventure

Participate in the only Pygmy Hippo Encounter in the United States! Go behind-the-scenes to visit our very own pygmy hippo family, starring the endearing Latke, our newest baby hippo. Have the opportunity to feed one of our hippos (did you know they have secrete a built-in sunscreen?), participate in a training session with a keeper, and watch as one of the hippos crafts a nose print painting that you can take home.

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What to Expect

Dive deep into the hidden world of pygmy hippos with our exclusive Pygmy Hippo Encounter, the only encounter of its type in the United States! This unique tour offers an intimate behind-the-scenes visit to our very own pygmy hippo family, starring the endearing Latke, our newest baby hippo.

Venture into our hippo care facility, have the opportunity to feed one of our hippos (did you know they secrete a natural sunscreen?),  participate in a training session with a keeper, and watch as one of the hippos crafts a nose print painting that you can take home. Led by our expert care staff, you’ll gain insights into what it takes to care for pygmy hippos, an endangered species.

This experience isn’t just a day out—it’s a chance to become part of the mission to preserve an endangered species. Don’t miss it!

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Tips to Know

  • Minimum age 8
  • Anyone under 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult
  • 5 person maximum
  • Trainers will let you know how and when to interact
  • Experience involves walking—we recommend wearing comfortable shoes
  • The experience lasts approximately 30-45 minutes
  • Bring a camera! Photos are allowed.
  • Testimonials from Our Visitors

    A Day in the Pygmy Hippo Art Adventure

    Testimonials

    We had an amazing time at Tanganyika during our recent visit. Every staff member we encountered was kind and helpful. The park is compact and easily navigated. My grandkids were thrilled with how many animals they were able to touch and feed!

    Renee Hult

    First visit – fantastic place to visit. Able to interact with many different species – giraffes, kangaroos, pygmy hippos, lorikeets to name a few…. Even an area to swim with the penguins. Lots of babies, so must be happy and content.

    Troy Johnson

    Best one-day trip ever! This may be the coolest place in the midwest. We swam with penguins, hung with a sloth and lemur, fed and petted a rhinoceros, and we also fed a pygmy hippo, giraffe and tortoise. We lounged with kangaroos and so many other countless animals. Origins tour was full, but I really wanted to do that too.

    The zookeepers were friendly and knowledgeable as well. We absolutely loved this day!!

    Cherie B

    Conservation Corner: Pygmy Hippos

    The biggest threat pygmy hippos face is a loss of their critical rainforest habitat. Rainforests in central Africa continue to be decimated for mining for Coltan, a key mineral found in the batteries of most electronics. Fortunately, coltan can be recycled; cleaning out the junk drawer and responsibly recycling old electronics is a great way to play a small part in preserving the habitats of pygmy hippos and other rainforest dwellers.