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AFRICA / ASIA / SOUTH AMERICA

This expansive exhibit includes three continents, several different habitats and a wide array of fascinating animals. It showcases the dramatic, natural area stretching from the African savanna to the South American jungle.

Hippopotamus
Hippopotamus range

Feature Creature

Hippopotamus

(Hippopotamus amphibius)

Native to: Lakes, swamps, and slow flowing rivers of sub-Saharan Africa
Primary Diet: Grass
Adult Weight: Male - 3,500 to 8,000 pounds
Female - 1,500 to 3,100 pounds
Status: Vulnerable
The word hippopotamus comes from a Greek word that means “river horse” but hippos are not related to horses. The hippo’s closest living relative is the whale.