Hippos are one of the most treasured creatures spotted while on safari. While these magnificent mammals were once found all throughout Africa, hunting and habitat loss has sadly made their population decline. Today they are primarily found in protected East African countries – like Tanzania.
Considered the second largest land animal on Earth (just after elephants), hippos are great swimmers despite their enormous size. They can hold their breath up to five minutes under water. Their nose, eyes and ears are located on the top of their head which makes them able to breath, see and hear on land while submerged in the water.
Their skin is coated in an oily red substance that helps protect them from the sun, like sunscreen! One the most saturated populations of hippos in the world is located at Retina Pool of the Central Serengeti.