5 Fun Facts About Hippos

Big, round bellies and wide-mouthed yawns. The Hippopotamus is an impressive sight in the African wilderness.

Hannah Forsyth from Makakatana Bay Lodge in South Africa lists a few fun facts about these chubby, grey creatures:

1. The name hippopotamus means ‘river horse’ and is often shortened to hippo.

2. The hippo is generally considered the third largest land mammal (after the white rhinoceros and elephant).

3. A male hippo is called a ‘bull’ and a female hippo is called a ‘cow’.

4. The closest relations of the hippo are surprisingly cetaceans such as whales and dolphins. Scientists believe this family of animals diverged in evolution around 55 million years ago.

5. A group of hippos in known as a ‘herd’, ‘pod’, ‘dale’ or ‘bloat’.

The iSimangaliso Wetland Park Word Heritage Site with its diverse ecosystems is a top destination to go see hippos and their daily antics. Visit iSimangaliso with Makakatana and meet these glorious creatures. Makakatana offers full day cruises to the Lake St Lucia estuary.

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