Ugandan Bigmouth

Ugandan Bigmouth Photo
A hippopotamus’s domain is in the water—specifically, in slow-moving rivers and lakes, as here in Uganda’s Murchison Falls National Park. These semi-aquatic herbivores go about much of their regular business in the water, mating and giving birth there, and generally keeping cool during the heat of the day. At dusk, they emerge to graze on grass.

Keeping water channels and land well grazed, hippos have a great impact on the life cycles within their habitats. Even their dung, which is rich in nutrients, helps to nourish aquatic microorganisms and fish.

Julie Larsen Maher ©WCS

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