Habitat and Geography
Hippos live in West, Central, East and South Africa, but
the only large populations are in the Nile river valley of East Africa. They
live with other animals in Africa such as lions, hyenas, crocodiles,
leopards, fish, and other small water dwelling organisms. The niche
that hippos occupy include a source of freshwater during the day, and
grassland to graze in at night. Females
and their young stay together during the day when they are in the water. Males
are territorial and defend his land and the other female hippos in his
territory. Most male hippos allow other males to enter their territory as long
as they are submissive and do not try to mate with any of the females.
Their habit consists of a water region (usually the Nile
River) where they spend most of their day to escape the heat, and grassland near
by where they forge for grasses at night. Grasslands are abundant in
Africa and makes up 1/3 of their land. Temperatures are extremely hot so they
adaptations in order to survive the heat.