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Scientific Name

Hippopotamus amphibius



Hippopotamuses are creatures that inhabit the Pride Lands.

Physical characteristics

Hippopotamuses are large heavily built animals with short stubby limbs. Most are grey or a variation of grey/brown. They have big teeth sticking out of their mouth.

Sociocultural characteristics

Hippopotamuses usually occupy the rivers. Every year, after the rain, Beshte and his father create "Hippo lanes" in the tall grown grass so other animals can walk through it.

In The Lion King films

In The Lion King, hippopotamuses appear briefly at the end of The Circle of Life and when Simba sings I Just Can't Wait to be King. They along with other various animals help Simba and Nala lose Zazu. They later appear at the end of the movie during the presentation of Simba's newborn cub.

Hippos during the "Upendi" song sequence

In The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, they are seen during Kiara's presentation, We Are One, and Upendi. They also appear driving Kovu out, when Simba exiles him from the Pride Lands, and later at the end of the movie.

In The Lion King 1½, hippopotamuses appear when Timon and Pumbaa find Pride Rock. The hippopotamuses were attending the presentation of Simba, one of the hippos collapsed with many other animals when Pumbaa becomes a victim of his demophobia-triggered flatulence problem. Later, some hippos are seen when Timon and Pumbaa are disturbed by some noise from outside, which is actually Simba, Nala and the animals singing "I Just Can't Wait to Be King" while making an animal pyramid with many other animals like the original film.

In The Lion King: Six New Adventures

In A Tale of Two Brothers

The hippos are throwing their weight around.
Zazu reports to Simba

Zazu reports to Simba about how the hippopotamuses are fighting with the other Pridelanders over the water hole.

In The Hakuna Matata Magazine Series

All Mud and Motor Mouth

In the midst of a flood, Timon is nearly swallowed by a hippopotamus.

The Lion Guard

Hippopotamuses make various appearances in the series with the most prominent being Beshte, the strongest member of The Lion Guard.

Known hippopotamuses

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