The name Hippopotamus comes from the Ancient Greek ‘river horse’.
Their closest living relatives are cetaceans (whales, porpoises, etc.) from which they diverged about 55 million years ago.
Hippos are most active at night, when they forage for food. They are herbivores, and eat mostly grass. In just one night, they can eat up to 35kg of grass.
Hippos are considered vulnerable because their numbers have declined by 7 to 20 percent over the past 10 years, and likely will continue to decline. The IUCN estimates that there are between 125,000 and 148,000 common hippos remaining in the wild.
The primary threats to hippos are poaching (for their ivory tusks and their meat), and loss of habitat, as more water is diverted for agriculture, according to the IUCN.
Each of our flip-flop hippos are sculpted individually, saving 7 flip-flops from our oceans and landfills. Actual design and colors will vary. Not for children under age 3.
Measures approximately 22cm x 7cm x 11cm (8" x 3" x 5")