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April 02, 2021
This week’s Species Spotlight: Nile hippopotamus
Animal Name: Mashavu
Scientific Name: Hippopotamus amphibius
Geographical Range: Sub-Saharan Africa
Habitat: Rivers and lakes with surrounding grasslands
Conservation Status: Vulnerable
Home at the Zoo: River’s Edge
Fun Fact: Hippopotamus means "river horse" in Greek, but the animal is more closely related to the pig than the horse.
Photo: Robin Winkelman #StlZooSpeciesSpotlight