Hippos - Good Luck Minis®

No. 343022

by Safari Ltd
$119.99USD
  • 192 Pieces Per Bag. Only Available in Bulk Purchase.
  • The name Hippopotamus means River Horse, and Hippos truly do love the water. In fact, if one looks at a map of rivers in sub-Saharan Africa, one is also looking at the range of Hippos. They spend much of their days in the water and are never far from it.
  • Scientific Name: Hippopotamus amphibius
  • Characteristics: Mouth open wide in a smile or grunt, these lifelike Hippos can be the life of the party. Use them in Africa or Egypt lessons or as part of miniature Nile River scenes.
  • Size and Color: Shades of light and dark brown contrast with a pink mouth and white teeth in these realistic Hippo figures. They are about the size of a gumball.
  • Hippos are part of the Good Luck Minis® collection
  • All of our products are Non-toxic and BPA free
  • History

    Although Hippos no longer live in the lower Nile areas of Egypt, the massive beasts were once important elements of Ancient Egyptian culture. The relationship was complicated, however. On one hand, Hippos lived in the waters and mud of the life-giving Nile River, so they received honor and respect and were seen as symbols of rebirth. The Egyptian goddess Tauret, who protected women giving birth, even has the face and body of a Hippo. On the other hand, Hippos were dangerous. They ate newly planted wheat, they overturned ships, and they were quite deadly. Eventually, Hippos were hunted to extinction in the lower Nile area of Egypt, but they range freely throughout central Africa.

    • Recommended Age: 5+
    • Size in cm: 20.25 W x 25.5 H
    • Size in inches: 7.97 W x 10.04 H
    • UPC: 095866343002
    Weighing 4 tons (3630 kg), they stay in water during the daytime to keep cool in the hot African climate, only leaving to graze at night. Their skin secretes a special red substance, protecting them from the African sun. Baby hippos are born underwater at 66 pounds (30 kg). A mother typically gives birth to only one hippo that must swim to the surface for their first breath.