According to Out to Africa, enemies of hippos are lions, crocodiles and humans. However, it is unusual for lions, even large prides, to take on a hippo.
The average lifespan for a hippo in the wild is approximately 40 years. Hippos are herbivores that weigh from 3,000 to 9,920 pounds as adults. Wild adult hippos consume approximately 80 pounds of grass each night.
On land, hippos can run at speeds of 18-31 miles per hour, though they can only sustain this speed over short distances; in water, hippos can move at about 5 miles per hour. Hippos can easily outrun and are known to be quite aggressive toward humans.
Hippos eat plant foods, particularly grasses, shoots, leaves, reeds, flowers, stems and bark. They've been known to scavenge, though they are herbivores, and their digestive systems haven't evolved to eat meat. Biologists believe that mostly sick or malnourished hippos eat meat.
Baby hippopotamuses, which are more commonly known as calves, are born underwater and typically weigh in somewhere between 50 and 110 pounds and are about 4 feet long at birth. Because they are mammals that are born underwater, the newborn hippo must swim to the surface in order to take its first br
Hippos protect themselves with mighty jaws, huge teeth and massive heads. Their colossal tusk teeth weigh up to six pounds each and are important components of their defensive arsenal. Hippos bare their teeth to intimidate interlopers, a behavior especially common among mature bulls squabbling over
There are only two species of hippopotamus in the world today. There are an estimated 125,000 to 150,000 common hippopotamuses in the world. Pygmy hippo numbers are even fewer, and there are an estimated 2000 to 3000 remaining in the world.
A baby hippopotamus is called a calf. Calves typically weigh about 100 pounds when they are born. A female hippo only gives birth every two years. The mother and her calf find a group of hippos, known as a school, for safety from predators.
Draw a hippo by using a circle, ovals and rectangles for the outline of the body and adding details to finish. You need a pencil, paper and eraser or drawing software.
The larger of the two hippopotamus species can weigh up to 4,500 kilograms, or 9,912 pounds, and can measure over 16 feet long. The pygmy hippopotamus is much smaller, with a maximum weight of about 275 kilos, or 605 pounds.