Hippo

  1. Hippopotamuses are found in Africa.
  2. A male hippopotamus is called a bull, a  female hippopotamus is called a cow, a baby hippo is called a calf.
  3. The name hippopotamus means ‘river horse’ and is often shortened to hippo.
  4. Their scientific name is Hippopotamus amphibius. They are amphibians?
  5. The hippopotamus is generally considered the third largest land mammal (after the White rhinoceros and elephant).
  6. Hippopotamuses spend a large amount of time in water such as rivers, lakes and swamps.
  7. Resting in water helps keep hippopotamuses temperature down.
  8. Hippopotamuses give birth in water. Hopefully the babies can swim.
  9. Hippopotamuses have short legs, a huge mouth and a body shaped like a barrel.
  10. The closest relations of the hippopotamus are surprisingly cetaceans such as whales and dolphins. 
  11. Scientists believe this family of animals diverged in evolution around 55 million years ago.
  12. Although hippos might look a little chubby, they can easily outrun a human.
  13. Hippos can be extremely aggressive, especially if they feel threatened. I thought the were peaceful.
  14. They are regarded as one of the most dangerous animals in Africa.
  15. Hippos are threatened by habitat loss and poachers who hunt them for their meat and teeth.
  16. A group of hippos in known as a ‘herd’, ‘pod’, ‘dale’ or ‘bloat’.
  17. Hippos typically live for around 45 years.
  18. Hippos are herbivores.