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.
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.