After decades of conservation efforts, the common hippopotamus population has finally recovered after years of poaching. The good news was announced in a newsletter published by the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Pigs, Peccaries, and Hippos Specialist Group.
Archaeologists have discovered a gateway to an ancient sanctuary of the Greek god Pan.
Nature World News has a long list of animals you might want to avoid -- lest they sting, electrocute, or fatally bite you. This is just a sampling.
Hippos are primarily herbivores but it turns out that they actually eat meat, too. But carnivorousness puts them at increased risk of contracting the life-threatening soil-borne disease known as anthrax.
A new species recently added to the desmostylia group suggests that the hippo-sized suction-feeders were a more diverse group of animals than previously thought and ate in a very unique way.
What would you say is most important to Africa's ecosystems? Is it isolation, stability, or maybe biodiversity? According to a new study of Africa's essential rivers, it's none of those, as hippo dung is actually the "life force" that keeps the region vibrant and alive.
Researchers have now determined that hippos were likely some of the first large animals to migrate from Asia to Africa, swimming from one continent to the other roughly 35 million years ago. However, they certainly weren't the semi-aquatic giants they are today. Fossil evidence indicates that ancient hippos were no larger than modern sheep.
More than a decade after notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar's death, the hippos that inhabited his personal zoo are now running amok nearby in Colombia, and are presenting a growing problem to locals.