Distribution: Angolan Hippopotamus – Angola, northern Namibia, north-western Botswana, Zambia and southern D.R.C.
Cape Hippopotamus – South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, except possibly the far north Malawi, eastern Zambia and possibly extreme south-eastern D.R.C.
Size SH: 1.5m. W: 1 000kg
Description: Eyes, ears and nostrils on top of head. The main colour of smooth, shiny hide is purplish grey to blue-black. Underside, eye rims, ears and mouth show variable expanses of pink.
Sex Determination: Extremely difficult when in the water, males normally have a broader, flatter and longer head than females and a bigger and heavier body. Upper lip bumps (where bottom tusks push into the top lip) are more pronounce in the males.
Trophy Assessment: The lower tusks are a hippo’s impressive trophy; rule of thumb is that 2/3rd of the tusk is in the jaw and 1/3rd is visible. For a good trophy hippo big tusks, muscular and broad head will normally give you a good trophy.
Shot Placement: On land if there isn’t running water close by a shoulder shot is always a good option. In the water a brain shot is normally the only choice, The skin forms a little triangle between but slightly above the eyes as well as behind the head slightly above the neck, that is always a good place to aim.
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