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The Hippopotamus scientific name is Hippopotamus Amphibius and means “river horse”. The Hippo is approximately 1,800kg (4,000lbs), lives in Africa, south of the Sahara also along the length of the Nile River, although its range once included Asia and large parts of Europe.

Hippos prefer rivers with deep water and nearby reed beds and grasslands, but are also found in salt-water areas near river mouths, and in lakes in Central Africa. They are hoofed Herbivores, feeding on grass, fallen fruit, and occasionally on cultivated crops such as sugar cane or corn during the night. They spend most of the day in the water. They live for approximately 50 years.

The plural of Hippopotamus is Hippopotami.

They are fearlessly protective of their territory and young, hippos have killed hundreds of people in Africa; more than any other wild animal.

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Recent DNA evidence suggests that the hippopotamus is more closely related to cetaceans (whales and dolphins) than it is to any other artiodactyl (i.e. even-toed hoofed mammal).

Although not part of the Big Five, the hippo is the third biggest land animal, slightly smaller but heavier than a white rhino (the elephant is the biggest). In spite of its huge size 3m (12ft) in length, 1.5m (5ft) tall, with a mouth measuring a ½m (2ft) across – it can outrun a human. The bellowing of a bull hippo measures an ear-splitting 115 decibels, sounding like the roar of a lion. (The blue whale is the loudest animal, calling out at up to 188 decibels.)

The hippo’s yawn is not a sign of sleepiness but is in reality a threat gesture, displaying long, thick, razor-sharp tusks (teeth), with which it is capable of biting a small boat in half.

The tusk-like incisors grow continuously. They are ivory, valued even more highly than an elephant’s because they do not turn yellow with age.

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The ears and nostrils located at the top of the head close automatically when the animal is under water.

It has practically no hair, and its smooth skin is quite delicate. The hippo’s skin exudes a red, oily liquid that keeps the skin moist and protected when it is out of water. This liquid has lead to a myth that the hippo sweats blood.

Usually only one young is born at a time, after a gestation of around 230 days. Births usually occur in months of heavy rainfall, but can occur year-round. Young hippos will also bask on their mother’s back. A group of hippos is called a “bloat”.

Their main predators are humans, lions, crocodiles.

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