Hippo Hunting

hippo hunting

Hippo can be hunted separately or combined with Crocodile on a minimum of 7day Safari or added to your big game safari for a trophy fee.

Hippo hunting generally consists of stalking along the river bed or floating down the river until a pod has been located in the river or a bull has been spotted outside the water grazing or sunning himself. Large caliber’s with solid ammunition is recommended whether the hippo is in the water or outside. Most hippos are shot in the water, with a well placed brain shot the Hippo would sink immediately and the vegetation in its stomach will produce a gas that will make the carcass float. This could take up to 8hours but normally happens within 1 to 2 hours. If the shot was not good the hippo will flip, spin and tumble around because of the concussion, at this stage it is important to put as many back up shots into it as possible every time it breaks the service before it gains stability.

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Hippo Information

Hippos are the third largest land mammal by weight (between 1½ and 3 ton): the only heavier species on average are the White Rhino, typically 1½ to 3½ ton, and the Elephant, typically weighing 3 to 9 ton. The hippopotamus is one of the largest quadrupets and, despite its stocky shape and short legs, it can easily outrun a human. Hippos have been clocked at 30 km/h (19 mph) over short distances. Hippos spend most of their days wallowing in the water, or the mud, with the other members of their pod. They can spend up to 16hours a day in the water and that’s why the Greeks named them “river horse”. The water serves to keep their body temperature down, and to keep their skin from drying out. With the exception of eating, most of hippopotamuses' lives —from childbirth, fighting with other hippos, to reproduction— occur in the water. Hippos leave the water at dusk and travel inland, sometimes up to 8 kilometers (5 mi), to graze on short grass, their main source of food. They spend four to five hours grazing and can consume 68 kilograms (150 lb) of grass each night. Like almost any herbivore, they will consume many other plants if presented with them, but their diet in nature consists almost entirely of grass, with only minimal consumption of aquatic plants. Hippos have (rarely) been filmed eating carrion, usually close to the water. There are other reports of meat-eating, and even cannibalism and predation. The stomach anatomy of a hippo is not suited to carnivory, and meat-eating is likely caused by aberrant behavior or nutritional stress.

Hippopotamuses are by nature very aggressive animals. Hippos involved in attacks on other animals are often either mature bulls, which tend to be very territorial and indiscriminately ill-tempered, or females, which are quite protective of their young calves. Living on the African continent, hippopotamus co-exist with a variety of formidable predators. Nile crocodiles, Lions and spotted hyenas are known to prey on young hippos. However, due to their ill temperament and great size, adult hippopotamus are not usually subject to predation by other animals, except humans. Cases where very large lion prides or cooperating groups of Nile crocodiles have successfully predated adult hippopotamus have been reported, but this is typically believed to be exceptionally rare. Crocodiles are particularly frequent targets of hippo aggression, likely due to the fact that they often inhabit the same riparian habitats as hippos. Crocodiles may be either aggressively displaced or killed by hippopotamuses. Hippos are also very aggressive towards humans, whom they commonly attack whether in boats or on land with no apparent provocation. They are widely considered to be one of the most dangerous large animals in Africa

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