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Hippopotamus family at West Midland Safari Park

Hippopotamus family at West Midland Safari Park
Maguari, 5 May 2008
    • okapikpr
      Wow, you can rarely see so many hippos out of the water at the same time!
    • MARK
      That is only part of the herd, it would have to be the best in Europe
    • CZJimmy
      I've said it before and I'll say it again, it is the best herd in Europe but they have such a basic enclosure...

      I think they're missing a dominant male at the minute though...
    • CZJimmy
      Oh and if anyone is interested, this herd numbers 1.8

      The male is a sub-adult and I don't think he is ready for breeding. It's been a while since I last visited, so the situation may have changed...
    • James27
      That "male" was born at the park, and turned out to be not quite male and not quite female... so it can't breed.
    • foz
      when i went a few weeks ago the keeper said that they were all females and they had no room for a male (i counted 9)
    • Michaelreyno
      I also counted nine hippo when i visited not long ago.
    • Jacobea
      How aggressive are hippos towards each other? If they have too many, couldn't a few be shipped out to, say, Longleat? I'm sure the lake there could hold more than two hippo, it's just a matter of whether they get on (that's if Whipsnade ever wanted to resume breeding common hippo).
    • scimiterhorned1
      hippos are very aggresive towards each other. many fights lead to the death. i dont think tht spot and sonia would get along with more hippos as they areold and have had only each others company for at least 15yrs
    • scimiterhorned1
      and i dnt think tht wmsp would with stand the permanount outside conditions through winter
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