Touted for their size and aggressiveness, the hippo is considered one of the most dangerous animals in Africa. The hippo is responsible for more human fatalities in Africa than any other large animal. It’s estimated that approximately 2,900 people are killed by these mammals annually. That being said though, the females are very attentive and loving to their young. But oh my gored… just don’t get between them and their calf.
First the Stats…
Scientific Name: Hippopotamus amphibius
Speed: 19 mph
Lifespan: 40 – 50 years
Weight: Male: 3,300 – 4,000 lbs | Female: 2,900 – 3,300 lbs
Length: 11 – 17 feet
Now on to the Facts!
1.) Hippopotamuses give birth in water.
2.) The closest relatives of hippos are cetaceans like whales, dolphins, and manatees.
3.) Hippos might look a little on the chubby side, but they are capable of outrunning a human.
4.) The hippo is touted as being one of the most dangerous animals in Africa.
5.) A gathering of hippos in known as a pod, herd, dale, or bloat.
But wait, there’s more on the hippo!
6.) A male hippo is called a bull and a female is called a cow. A baby is called a calf.
7.) A hippopotamus will spend it’s lifetime eating almost exclusively aquatic grass. They consume about 90 pounds of grass a night.
Did you know…?
The Name Hippopotamus Means River Horse.
8.) There are 5 known hippopotamus subspecies.
9.) Hippos only live in Africa.
10.) A Hippopotamus can open its mouth almost 180 degrees! Look at those teeth!