Free and original of both species of endangered hippos, which are endangered.
Species: There are only two species of Hippopotamus, the River and Pygmy Hippotami. Both are pictured here.
Lifespan: The average lifespan of the Hippopotamus is about 45 years.
Size & Weight: Hippopotami grow to be 10-16 ft long, 5 ft tall, and 3,500-9,900 lbs!!!
Habitat: Hippopotami live in West, Central, and East Africa. There, they reside within the rivers and lakes and their surrounding grasslands. Though Hippopotami can go on land, they become dehydrated if their skin gets dry, leading them to live int he water for the majority of their lives.
Diet: Hippos leave the water only at night to graze on grass near their watery habitat, otherwise they would get sunburn!
Family Life: Hippos are highly social animals that live in herds of 10-30 other hippos. The group is lead by a dominant male, many cows (females) and subordinate males. The dominant male mates with whatever cow he wants, but also allows some subordinate males to mate as well.
Hippos can run up to 14 MPH on land!
Hippos can store 2 days worth of grass in their stomachs and can go up to three weeks without eating!