The pygmy hippopotamus ( Choeropsis liberiensis or Hexaprotodon liberiensis ) is a small hippopotamid which is native to the forests and swamps of West Africa , primarily in Liberia with small populations in Sierra Leone , Guinea , and Ivory Coast .
Deforestation is the main threat facing the pygmy hippopotamus (2) . Hunting is also known to occur, but the extent of this has not been determined (2) . The subspecies C. l. heslopi in Nigeria may already be extinct (2) .
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