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Hippopotamus pool in Serengeti natural spring water During the dry season, Hippos get a bit cranky for being stuck in tiny spring water like these. Note the one dead hippo belly up, a German research center located in the Serengeti suggests it died of a disease. Disease is not the only threat to hippos. Now that Rhinos are near extinct, each individual in the Serengeti 24/7 GPS-tracked, poachers are moving on to Hippo tusks, as a source of imaginary magical powers, but above all, as a source of money. Africa,Hippopotamus,Hippopotamus amphibius,Serengeti Central,Serengeti National Park,Serengeti area,Tanzania Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Hippopotamus pool in Serengeti natural spring water

During the dry season, Hippos get a bit cranky for being stuck in tiny spring water like these. Note the one dead hippo belly up, a German research center located in the Serengeti suggests it died of a disease. Disease is not the only threat to hippos. Now that Rhinos are near extinct, each individual in the Serengeti 24/7 GPS-tracked, poachers are moving on to Hippo tusks, as a source of imaginary magical powers, but above all, as a source of money.

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  1. If that hippo died of disease, then it may spread to all other hippos, Have the authorities taken any measure ? Do you have any information. Posted 6 years ago
    1. Sunil, sorry, this was the only information I got from our guide. I don't know what disease it is and if it can spread. Posted 6 years ago
      1. hmmm, okey !! Posted 6 years ago

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The hippopotamus, or hippo, is a large, mostly herbivorous mammal in sub-Saharan Africa, and one of only two extant species in the family Hippopotamidae . The name comes from the ancient Greek for "river horse" . After the elephant and rhinoceros, the hippopotamus is the third-largest type of land mammal and the heaviest extant artiodactyl.

Similar species: Even-toed Ungulates
Species identified by Ferdy Christant
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Uploaded Dec 29, 2013. Captured Sep 2, 2013 16:38.
  • NIKON D800
  • f/5.6
  • 1/500s
  • ISO1400
  • 400mm