Natalia Poniatowska - Debby, moving image, 6minutes, loop, presented on TV framed in a wood frame, 950x550mm, 2018part of exhibition Moments I Never Showed You, The Glasgow School of Art Degree Show 2018
In December 2014, the 21-year-old pygmy hippo cow "Debby" lost her partner, with whom she was associated for a long time and with whom she had three offspring between 2004 and 2008. Since she lives alone, she sometimes hops up and down the pane between the enclosures. The coexistence of pygmy hippos is basically rather unusual, as the jungle inhabitants live in nature as loners. The young bull "Tobie", who came from Overloon on March 8th, was selected within the European Conservation Breeding Program as a new potential partner for Debby. However, he still has to grow up. He is likely to become sexually mature at the age of four. However, even the presence of a new conspecific in the neighborhood ensures that the two animals take note of each other and occasionally communicate with each other. This already results in an enrichment of their behavior.The maximum life expectancy of a pygmy hippo is between 35 and 50 years in captivity.