See Graceful Hippos Underwater
You would never know it by watching them on land, but when hippos take the plunge, they are incredibly graceful. See eye to eye with our huge hippos as they swim effortlessly underwater – inches from your nose – in their giant glass-walled pool. If you’re lucky, you might even see Lobi, our male hippo, doing backflips in the water.
The Calgary Zoo has North America’s largest indoor hippo tank. In the wild, tilapia fish swim alongside wild hippos in the Nile River. At the zoo, tilapia help us keep the tank clean by feeding on hippo waste.
Here's where we call home
Hippos live in many parts of Africa south of the Sahara Desert including West, Central, and South Africa. They spend most of the day wallowing, resting, and swimming in or near rivers and lakes surrounded by grasslands, emerging from the water at night to graze.
At a Glance
655 - 3,200 kg (1,442 - 7,048 lb.)
Up to 1.6 m (5.2 ft.)