Hippopotamus amphibius

Hippos spend the majority of the day soaking in water or mud to keep their skin moist and bodies cool. When submerged, just their eyes, ears and nostrils stick out of the water so they can still see, hear and smell what’s going on around them. At night, they come out to munch on grass.

Fact File

Species Survival Plan Image
where to see themWhere to see them: Hippo Cove
lengthLength: 10.5 to 11.5 ft
weightWeight: Male – 3,500 to 7,000 lbs, Female – 3,360 lbs
life expectancyLife Expectancy: 35 yrs
habitatHabitat: Grassland, lakes and rivers
dietDiet: Grass
exclamationRisk Status: [email protected] (IUCN—Vulnerable)