Distribution: 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, bigger and heavier body. Upper lip bumps (where bottom tusks push into the top lip) are more pronounced 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, between the eyes where the skin makes a triangle or on the back of the head above the neck.
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