Animal Facts

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    Hippopotamus amphibius
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Meet our humongous hippo!

Nile Hippopotamus Brutus is one of Adelaide Zoo’s most popular residents!

Born on 18 May 1965 and moving to Adelaide Zoo in 1975, during his time here Brutus has fathered 17 calves with long-time breeding partner Susie and has offspring living across Australia. After his daily teeth clean in which keepers check his ginormous teeth for lodged food, Brutus gets right into breakfast. He enjoys eating about a bale of hay daily and tops it off with an assortment of leafy greens.

Although they once inhabited Asia and Europe, the Common Hippopotamus is now restricted to rivers and lakes of sub-Saharan Africa.

Hippos are more at home in the water than they are on land. They are nocturnal, spending the majority of their day in the water, venturing onto land at night to graze.

The male hippo is a solitary and territorial animal, whereas females and young hippos live in social groups consisting of anywhere from 10 to 100 animals.

The primary threats to hippos is illegal and unregulated hunting for meat, the ivory trade and habitat loss due to their reliance on freshwater that puts them at odds with human populations and the growing pressure on freshwater resources across Africa. The Common Hippopotamus is classed as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

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