The hippopotamus weighing up to 3,600 kilograms, is the heaviest land animal after the elephant. Hippos may look more like pigs but their closest living relatives are actually cetaceans such as whales and porpoises. Their eyes and ears are on the top of their head so they can watch for enemies, like crocodiles, while lying low in the water. Hippopotamus means ‘river horse’ in Greek, although the hippo is more closely related to a pig than a horse.
The hippopotamus lives in swampy areas, lakes, and rivers in Africa.
Hippos are herbivores. They leave the water at night to come to shore and feed on short grasses and fallen fruit.
WHY IS THE HIPPOPOTAMUS AT RISK
WHAT IS WWF DOING?
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