Hippo documentary. The hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius) is a Herbivore that mostly lives in sub-Saharan Africa and is the third largest land mammal in the world after the elephant and the rhinoceros, it’s name comes from the greek word meaning “river horse” and this animal which somewhat resembles a pig has been around for about 55 million years after it diverged from its close relatives, whales.
In this documentary “Hippo Paradise” we explore the Hippos habitat of Wester Uganda, Africa where over 5,000 of them live.
Some facts about Hippos:
Speed: 30 km/h (On Land, Running)
Trophic level: Omnivorous
Lifespan: 40 – 50 years
Gestation period: 243 days
Height: 1.5 m (Adult, At Shoulder)
Mass: Male: 1,500 – 1,800 kg (Adult),Female: 1,300 – 1,500 kg (Adult)
A male hippopotamus is called a ‘bull’.
A female hippopotamus is called a ‘cow’.
A baby hippo is called a ‘calf’.
Resting in water helps keep hippopotamuses temperature down.