The hippopotamus is an animal that is listed in the Red Book, so it is very important to preserve the population of hippos and prevent their disappearance. Every year, On February 15, National hippo day is celebrated. On this day, solemn events are held in the world’s major zoos and reserves, where these interesting animals live.
This holiday began to be celebrated when the hippopotamus was officially listed in the world Red Book as a species of animal that is in danger. Due to the irrational economic activity of man, many places where hippos are accustomed to live have changed their landscape. For example, many rivers were shallow, which made these areas unsuitable for hippos. The struggle for the preservation of the hippopotamus population is carried out by scientists and employees of zoos, national parks. Reserves.
- The hippopotamus received its official name, “hippopotamus”, for the fact that it loves water and has hooves, the word “hippopotamus” in Greek means “water horse”.
- The hippopotamus is a herbivore, but it can be very aggressive, especially during mating games when males fight for the attention of the female.
- Externally, the hippopotamus is a hike on a pig and belongs to the order of pigs.
- Hippos live and breed well in captivity, so they can often be found in large zoos.
How to celebrate
The best way to celebrate this day is to donate money to any zoo for the maintenance of hippos or buy what these animals need and bring gifts to the zoo administration. Any help will be welcome there. You can spend this day working in the zoo as a volunteer. Zoos and national parks on this day can sell souvenirs in the form of hippos from a variety of materials, from soft toys to clay figurines.
Together with children, you can watch interesting cartoons and read fairy tales about hippos, because many works of art for children are dedicated to these animals. A good option is to throw a party and put on hippopotamus costumes. On this day, you can congratulate other animals, for example, pets, because everyone needs love.
When is National Hippo Day celebrated in 2024?
National Hippo Day is observed on February 15 each year.