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The Hippo

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The hippo of hippotamus (Huppoptamus amphibious) is from the ancient Greek word  for “river horse” and fitting because these big mammals love to waddle in rivers and dams or sun bath on the river beds. They are the third largest land animal by weight and some of the olderst hippopotamus fossils dates back to 16 million years ago.

These animals are huge! The average weight for adult males ranged between 1,500 and 1,800 kg. Females are smaller than their male counterparts, with average weights between 1,300 and 1,500 kg. They have a huge mouth that is powerful and can open almost 180°! They have canines that are made for fighting, the canines can reach 50cm while the incisors can reach 40cm. Hippos use their tusks only for fighting and not eating. They use their broad lips for grasp and pulling of grass. They are extremely thicked skin (15cm thick) to protect them from predators. A hippo lifespan is between 40 – 50 years but in captivity they can live up to 60 years of age. 

Here are some facts about hippos:

  • They almost hairless except for their months and tip of their tails
  • Their toes are splay enough to distribute their weight evenly
  • Hippos relay on water and mud to keep cool since they don’t have sweat nor sebaceous glands
  • An adult hippo can stay underwater for up to 6 minutes by closing their ears and nostrils
  • Hippos graze mostly at night on grass and can feed up to 5 hours at a time
  • Baby hippos are either born in shallow water or on land.
  • A baby hippo suckles under water and can only stay submerge for about a half a minute. They start to eat grass at 3 weeks.

Hippos main threat is man as they are hunted for their ivory, hides and meat also because of habitat destruction and water pollution. At Mulati Safari Camp the hippos are found close or in the river as they enjoy getting sun tan. These animals are truly a sight to see and you can do so at Mulati Safari Camp in Limpopo. Click here to find out more about our tented accommodation.