The river-horse of the Okavango Delta
Written by Alexander Holmgren The word hippopotamus comes from ancient Greek meaning “river horse” and this sturdy animal is the third largest land dwelling mammal in the world. It spends half of its time submerged in large groups in bodies of water such as rivers or lakes taking mud baths to keep itself cool in the hot African day. At dusk, as the sun begins to fall, the hippopotamus will depart from the water to graze on...
Photo: young hippos
Young hippos in Kenya. Photo by: Rhett A. Butler. Click to see more photos of hippos.