Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius) Large pod seen from the air near Mombo on Chief's Island.
Okavango Delta. BOTSWANA. Southern Africa.
Aquatic mammals who come out onto land at night to graze on grass. They play an important role in keeping river channals open. May stay submerged under water for up to 8 minutes. An adult animal does not usually have any major enemies except in areas where there is very little grass and they have to walk long distances to find food. Their weakened condition may then render them vulnerable to lion or hyaena. They can also migrate seasonally to rain filled pans to allow access to grazing areas.