Meet Our Hippos

You would never know it by watching them on land but, underwater, hippos are incredibly graceful. Watch them swim effortlessly in their giant glass-walled pool — just inches from your nose.

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How you can help

At the Calgary Zoo, we’re passionate about wildlife conservation. Your donations and membership costs can go a long way towards helping us fund our efforts.

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Calgary Zoo - Hippos - How to Help

Where We Live

Hippos live in many parts of Africa, south of the Sahara Desert. They spend most of the day wallowing, resting, and swimming in freshwater rivers and lakes, surrounded by grasslands.

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Did You Know?

The Calgary Zoo’s indoor hippo tank can hold 364,000 litres. Tilapia fish help us keep it clean by feeding on hippo waste.