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Anina Botes (Auckland, New Zealand) on 13 August 2009 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

HIPPOPOTAMUS

The hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius) or hippo (Greek: ἱπποπόταμος, hippopotamos, from ἵππος, hippos, "horse", and ποταμός, potamos, "river") is a large, mostly plant-eating mammal in sub-Saharan Africa, and one of only two extant species in the family Hippopotamidae (the other is the Pygmy Hippopotamus). The hippopotamus is the heaviest extant artiodactyl, despite being considerably shorter than the giraffe.

The hippopotamus is semi-aquatic, inhabiting rivers and lakes 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.

2/11 Aquila Wildlife Series

PENTAX *ist DL 1/250 second F/5.6 ISO 200 108 mm

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PENTAX *ist DL
1/250 second
F/5.6
ISO 200
108 mm

hippopotamus