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hippo_vertebrae This follows fromn the previous image of vultures on hippo carcass. It was only a week later and the site had plenty of hyena (about12) and a few jackal spoor evident. The carcass had been spread around a little, but this was the biggest remaining portion. The skull and a few bits of skin were nearby. This demonstrates the importance of scavangers and shows why the endangeared status of all african vultures, due to poachers poisoning carcasses, should be of such concern. Botswana,Geotagged,Hippopotamus,Hippopotamus amphibius,Summer Click/tap to enlarge

hippo_vertebrae

This follows fromn the previous image of vultures on hippo carcass. It was only a week later and the site had plenty of hyena (about12) and a few jackal spoor evident. The carcass had been spread around a little, but this was the biggest remaining portion. The skull and a few bits of skin were nearby. This demonstrates the importance of scavangers and shows why the endangeared status of all african vultures, due to poachers poisoning carcasses, should be of such concern.

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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 dunlak
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Uploaded Apr 5, 2016. Captured Mar 18, 2016 10:02 in Transit Rd, Botswana.
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • f/11.0
  • 1/320s
  • ISO400
  • 70mm