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Safari Collection - Hippopotamus
two largest land mammals.
Hippopotamuses love water, which is why the Greeks named them the “river horse.” Hippos spend up to 16 hours a day submerged in rivers and lakes to keep their massive bodies cool under the hot African sun. Hippos are graceful in water, good swimmers, and can hold their breath underwater for up to five minutes.
At sunset, hippopotamuses leave the water and travel overland to graze. They may travel 6 miles in a night, along single-file pathways, to consume some 80 pounds of grass.
The gestation period of a hippo is 243 days (eight months). Baby hippos are called calves, and they weigh between 30-50 pounds when they’re born.