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Hippos are gregarious, living in groups of up to 40 animals known as a pod, a herd, a school, or a bloat. Hippos average 11 feet in length, 5 feet tall at the shoulder and weigh up to 7000 lbs. They can run at up to 35 mph for short distances.
The second largest land mammal (after the elephant), hippos are now known to be the closest living relatives of whales.
Scattered pockets in sub-Saharan Africa but no longer in South Africa
Rivers and lakes
Vulnerable to intensive hunting but well represented in many game parks
Grasses and other available vegetation
Further information about this species may be found on the Animal Diversity Web page for hippopotamus.