R350.00 – R18,000.00
HippoÃ¢â¬â¢s or hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius) in Saint Lucia lake in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Hippo is the third largest type of land mammal. The hippopotamus is semi-aquatic, inhabiting rivers, lakes and mangrove swamps, where territorial bulls preside over a stretch of river and groups of 5 to 30 females and young. During the day, they remain cool by staying in the water or mud; reproduction and childbirth both occur in water. They emerge at dusk to graze on grass. While hippopotamuses rest near each other in the water, grazing is a solitary activity and hippos are not territorial on land. Hippos are recognizable by their barrel-shaped torso, enormous mouth and teeth, nearly hairless body, stubby legs and tremendous size. They are the third largest type of land mammal by weight (between 1ÃÂ½ and 3 tonnes): the only heavier species on average are the white and Indian rhinoceroses, typically 1ÃÂ½ to 3ÃÂ½ tonnes, and the elephants, typically weighing 3 to 9 tonnes.