Hippopotamus amphibius

Size: Up to 1.6m high
Habitat: Lakes, rivers and swamps
Feeding: Grass

The Hippo is a large semi-aquatic mammal. It spends most of its day snoozing in water and emerges at dusk to feed.

It has a grey hide tinged with a pink/red secretion to protect it from the sun. It has huge powerful jaws and very sharp tusks. Its legs are short compared to the size of the body, but it is still able to run at surprisingly fast speeds for short distances. The hippo is a very dangerous creature.

They have a lifespan of 35 years.

The first two photos were taken in the Masai Mara, Kenya and the third in Serengeti, Tanzania.









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