Feb. 16 – World Hippo Day
In honor of World Hippo Day, let’s take a moment to learn a little bit more about these amazing animals! For starters, did you know that Hippopotamus means “river horse” in Greek? This name is quite fitting, as hippos spend a good majority of their time in the water! In fact, they are so well-adapted to aquatic life that they can even give birth underwater.
Hippos are some of the largest mammals on the planet, averaging around 15 feet in length and 3,000 pounds in weight. Despite their massive size, they are surprisingly fast and agile, capable of reaching speeds of up to 30 miles per hour on land!
Interestingly, hippos are highly social creatures that live in groups of up to 30 individuals. Within these groups is a strict hierarchy, with the oldest and biggest hippo serving as the leader.
So, on this World Hippo Day, take a moment to appreciate these incredible animals and all that they have to offer!