Animals

Some of the animals and creatures you'll be privilaged to see in the St Lucia and surrounding areas. Hippos are prevalent and can be seen throughout the region, wallowing in the water during the day and at at night grazing on grasslands and sometimes even on the sidewalks!

Hippopotamus

The hippopotamus is the third-largest living land mammal, after elephants and white rhinos. Hippos are found in mixed groups of about 15 individuals held by a territorial bull, but in periods of drought large numbers are forced to congregate near limited pools of water. A single young is born either on land or in shallow water. In water, the mother helps the newborn to the surface, later teaching it to swim. Newly born hippos are protected by their mothers, not only from crocodiles and lions but from male hippos that, oddly enough, do not bother them on land but attack them in water.

Hippos are surprisingly agile and often traverse steep banks each night to graze on grass. The name hippotamus comes from the Greek words "hippos," meaning horse, and "potamus," meaning river. Though the hippo spends most of its day in the water, it is more closely related to the pig than the horse.

Hippos have powerful jaws that can stretch wide open - the lower canines are huge tusks that are used to defend themselves and their young. They can bite a three-metre crocodile in half!