23 Feb. 23


Hippopotamus or Hippo is considered to be the second or third largest land animal after the elephant. In terms of size, look similar to rhino, considered to be Africa’s most dangerous animal, with enormous teeth and aggressive nature.

During the daytime, spend most of their time underwater, about 80% of their lives spend in the water, at sunset they leave the water to graze, eating up to 50kg (110 pounds) of grass. Regardless of their bulky body reaching up to 3,200 kg (3.5 tons), hippo is not among of the big five in Africa.

The phrase “Big 5” refers to the five most difficult animals in Africa to hunt on foot, doesn’t have to do with size as some people think, which is why the leopard is on the list and the enormous hippopotamus is not.

Photos courtesy of Shawn and Tonya Mandel