Begin to celebrate! Hippopotamus amphibiuss’ everywhere are being recognized for being alive with this national holiday. Hippopotamuses are herbivorous marine animals–meaning they rely on the ocean for their existence. In adulthood, males can weigh between 3,300–9,920 lbs and females can weigh 2,900–3,300 lbs. Let’s learn more about these animals!
Fun, Mind-Blowing Facts:
- Hippopotamus comes from the Greek word for “water horse”
- The animal can run up to 14 mph (23 km/h)
- A hippo snort is equivalent to the same volume as being 15 feet (4.6 m) away from speakers at a rock concert–115 decibels to be exact
- The world’s biggest population of hippos has crashed by 95%
- Hippos are the third-largest living land mammals
- They live to be 50 years old
- Hippos can eat up to 80 pounds of food during one night
With facts now known, it is time for some of the best pictures of hippopotamuses.
Thank you to National Geographic and LiveScience for information to be able to have this post. If you feel in the giving spirit, donate to SavetheHippos.com. With donations, they can continue to save wild hippos by buying necessary materials to do.
Happy National Hippopotamus Day!