The third largest land mammal, hippopotamuses frequent the shallow waters, swamps, rivers, and lakes in many parts of sub-Saharan Africa. Notorious for their territorial nature, hippos are extremely dangerous and have been known to attack humans and flip boats.
Despite their formidable nature, hippos are classified as avulnerable species by the International Union for Conservation ofNature. Although their global population is not declining assharply as many other threatened and vulnerable species, itdeclining nonetheless due to habitat loss and fragmentation. Morespecifically, hippos across Africa are threatened by a loss ofaccess to large bodies of fresh water.