Hippopotamus - the only aquatic artiodactyl

hippos The giant hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius) is the only aquatic artiodactyl, spending most of its time in water. They live their lives in herds of up to 40 animals. They may forage several kilometers distant from where they pass the day, and some farmers see considerable damage to their crops and rangelands due to their foraging and their travel to foraging areas. Pygmy hippos are less social and are usually found in and near forests.

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Which zoos have them?
Artis (Netherlands), Birmingham Zoo (United States), Brookfield Zoo (United States), Dublin Zoo (Ireland), Los Angeles Zoo (United States) and Saint Louis Zoological Park (United States)

The Common hippopotamus, hippopotamus, large hippo is listed as Vulnerable (VU), considered to be facing a high risk of extinction in the wild, on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Namings for the hippopotamus
A young / baby of a hippopotamus is called a 'calf'. The females are called 'cow' and males 'bull'. A hippopotamus group is called a 'bloat, crash, herd or thunder'.
Some facts about the
Hippopotamus

Adult weight : 3750 kg (8250 lbs)

Maximum longevity : 61 years

Female maturity :1279 days

Male maturity : 1279 days

Gestation : 234 days

Weaning : 341 days

Litter size : 1

Litters per year : 1

Interval between litters : 563 days

Weight at birth : 40 kg (88 lbs)

Weight at weaning : 237.5 kg (522.5 lbs)

Mortality rate doubling time : 7 years

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