The hippopotamus is the third-largest living land mammal, after elephants and white rhinos. The hippo’s proportions reflect its sedentary, amphibious existence. Its plump and bulky body is set on short, stumpy legs, with each foot having four toes. Although webbed, the toes splay enough to distribute the weight evenly over each toe and therefore adequately support the hippo on land.

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The hippopotamus is the third-largest living land mammal, after elephants and white rhinos. The hippo’s proportions reflect its sedentary, amphibious existence. Its plump and bulky body is set on short, stumpy legs, with each foot having four toes. Although webbed, the toes splay enough to distribute the weight evenly over each toe and therefore adequately support the hippo on land.

With very thick skin, especially over the back and rump, the greyish-brown body is almost completely hairless, with only a few bristles around the mouth and the tip of the tail. The hippo has neither sweat nor sebaceous glands but does have unique glands that produce a viscous red fluid, leading to the myth that hippos “sweat blood.” The hippo relies on water or mud to keep it cool, and the red fluid may have a similar function, but it is often produced in copious amounts when the animal is excited.

The Bali Safari & Marine Park in Gianyar has a large range of animals from around the world, and the collection includes five hippos (one is a cute, fat calf). The beautifully landscaped habitats at the park allow you to enjoy seeing these hippos naturally in wide open spaces that have been created for the animals to spend their days even to cool off in large waterholes.

Bali Safari & Marine Park takes pride in their animal collection and is very proud of the wildlife breeding programs it has in the park that contribute towards the many conservation and breeding programs.!

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