Scientific name : Hippopotamus amphibius

 Description : The name Hippopotamus comes from the Ancient Greek ‘river horse’. Hippos bask on the shoreline and secrete an oily red substance, which gave rise to the myth that they sweat blood. The liquid is actually a skin moistener and sun block that may also provide protection against germs. An adult Hippo needs to resurface every 3 – 5mins to breathe. They are only territorial while in the water. Both reproduction and birth occur in the water. The hippopotamus is one of the most aggressive creatures in the world and one of the most dangerous animals in Africa.