Meet Our Animals > Hippopotamus
Quick Facts
Native to the lakes, swamps, and slow flowing rivers of sub-Saharan Africa
Primary Diet Grass
Adult Weight Males: 3,500 to 8,000 pounds; Females 1,500-3,100 pounds
Lifespan 35 to 45 years
Status Vulnerable

Hippopotamus

“Hippopotamus” comes from a Greek word meaning “river horse.” Hippos are not related to horses. Their closest living relative is the whale. An adult hippo can hold its breath underwater for up to 5 minutes!

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