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Hippopotamus amphibius


The hippopotamus is semi-aquatic, inhabiting rivers, lakes and mangrove swamps, where territorial bulls preside over a stretch of river and groups of 5 to 30 females and young. During the day, they remain cool by staying in the water or mud; reproduction and childbirth both occur in water. They emerge at dusk to graze on grass. While hippopotamuses rest near each other in the water, grazing is a solitary activity and hippos are not territorial on land. Hippos are recognizable by their barrel-shaped torso, enormous mouth and teeth, nearly hairless body, stubby legs and tremendous size. - Wikipedia


Taken at Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania.

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FoTony 8 years ago

I like the complete series. It would be difficult to choose which to put up as first.

YukoChartraw 9 years ago

Such cute short legs compared to the huge body! :-)

Jinki Afrika
Jinki Afrika 9 years ago

Thanks, Yuko :) The fifth photo actually shows a hippo rolling in the water with its belly and legs above the water. I wish I could have taken a clearer photo.

YukoChartraw 9 years ago

What an amazing series! I especially love the magnificent view of the photo #3, but also the little bird on the hippo's back as well as the photo with a mom and her baby. :-) All nicely captured!

Jinki Afrika
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Jinki Afrika

Arusha, Tanzania

Spotted on Nov 15, 2012
Submitted on Nov 17, 2012


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