Find out more about this water loving mammal!

1. The word 'hippopotamus' comes from the Greek word meaning 'water horse.'

2. Hippos can spend up to 16 hours a day in rivers and lakes to keep cool in the hot African sun.

3. They are good swimmers and can close their nostrils in the water, which helps them to hold her breath for up to five minutes!

4. Their nostrils and eyes are located high on their heads so they can see and breathe when their bodies are submerged in the water.

5. When hippos bask in the sunshine their bodies will secrete a red oily substance which acts as a moisturiser and sunblock.

6. When the sun goes down, they come out of the water to graze on land and can travel up to six miles a night. 

7. A female will have a calf once every two years and can give birth in the water or on land.

8. The mother will leave the herd for up to two weeks to give birth and build a bond with her young.

9. Hippos can live up to 40 years in the wild.

10. Despite their relatively cute appearance, they are one of the most dangerous mammals on the planet.