Where Do Hippos Live?
be found in the wild on the continent of Africa. They may be
swampy areas, lakes, rivers, and streams. There are two
hippo, the Large Hippo and the Pygmy Hippo.
The first species of hippo is the Large Hippo or Common Hippo (Hippopotamus
amphibius), which is found in East Africa, south of the
large hippo is now extinct north of Khartoum and south of the Zambezi
except in a few protected areas such as the Kruger National Park.
large hippo is a gregarious, group-living mammal, and it is so numerous
areas where it is still found that "cropping" schemes are used to
control populations that have become larger than the habitat can
The second species of hippo is the Pygmy Hippo (Choeropsis
which may now only be found in the wild in very restricted ranges in
Africa. The Pygmy Hippo now only lives in forest stream areas in
Guinea, Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone, and possibly part of southern
(though it may be extinct there). The numbers of pygmy hippos are
unknown, but they probably total a few thousand at the most. It
described as "vulnerable" amongst the threatened animals of the
world. Although numbers have probably declined recently, there is
yet, enough evidence to classify the Pygmy Hippo as
"endangered." The Pygmy Hippo is a solitary forest dweller and
considered to be shy compared to its Large Hippo brother.
Did You Know?
> The common hippopotamus is the
second largest living land animal, rivalled only by the great Indian
rhinoceros (the elephant is the largest).
the information provided on this page may be found
following websites. Please visit them to learn more about hippos
learn what you may be able to do to help preserve the precious hippo
populations that remain.
Geographic (specifically the
facts page provided by "Young Peoples Trust for the Environment")