Mud, mud, glorious mud – hippos wallowing in Tanzania
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22 Sep 2011
It is interphase and the volunteers and staff out on Mafia Island are enjoying a well earned break from their daily research schedule – it’s a hard life when your office is on a beautiful island off the coast of Tanzania!
It has been a fantastic phase with some great surveys carried out in the marine park. To finish with a bang; the guys on camp have heard about a group or ‘bloat’ of hippos. Stories of 3-4 hippos that have taken to wallowing in a nearby lagoon have been circulating between the villages - and the Frontier gang wanted to investigate.
During the day hippos remain cool by staying in the water or mud and then they emerge at dusk to graze on grass. The team plans to try and photograph the hippo population and follow them during the night when they are most active.
Hippos can weigh up to 3 tonnes and have been called the most aggressive animals in Africa, so the team will have to be on their guard.
Tune in to our facebook page or check out our Tanzania Marine Conservation and Diving or Tanzania Wildlife Tracking and Community Adventure project for your chance to see some of Africas amazing animals.