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Test your knowledge!

Where do hippos live?
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Africa
What’s a hippo’s favorite food?
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Grass
Are hippos good swimmers?
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Yes
What do you call a group of hippos?
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A herd
True or false: hippos are bigger than elephants.
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False
True or false: a hippo can outrun a human.
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True
What do you call a female hippo?
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A cow

Facts about Hippos

  • Hippos are semi-aquatic mammals. That means they like to hang out in the water, but they don’t spend all their time there. Swimming around all day helps hippos stay cool. Having their ears, eyes, and noses on top of their heads lets them stay almost completely underwater while still being able to see and breathe. If they do go underwater, they can hold their breath for five minutes.
  • Hippos are the second largest land animal. Elephants are the largest. Hippos can weigh as much as 7,000 lbs, which is about how much three small cars weigh.
  • The word hippopotamus means “water horse” in Greek.
  • Hippos mostly stay in the water to protect themselves from the sun. If they’re caught out of the water, their skin releases an oil that acts like a natural sunscreen. Usually, they stay in the water until the sun goes down. Then they travel onto land to eat.

Hang out with these happy hippos

These hippo coloring pages have something for all lovers of these enormous animals. These cute scenes are fun for the whole family. With all different settings and levels of detail, even adults can have fun coloring with the kids. Spend a whole afternoon in the wild without stepping foot outside. We’re bringing the zoo to you!

All you need to do is choose your favorite scenes and then print them out for free. We’ve done all the hard work for you. Just grab your crayons and your creativity and get started on coloring.