Hippopotamus in Swahili: kiboko (Hippopotamus amphibius)
Shoulder height: 150 cm; weight: 2,000 kg. Characteristic of Africa’s sizable rivers and lakes, this large, lumbering animal spends most of the day submerged, but emerges at night to graze. Strongly territorial, herds of ten or more animals are presided over by a dominant male who will readily defend his patriarchy to the death. Hippos are abundant in most protected rivers and water bodies, and they are still quite common outside of reserves, where they kill more people than any other African animal.