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Hoofed Giants and Their Main Types  

Rhinos, giraffes and hippos all live in the African Savannah or wetlands, and they’re all big mammals with hooves. But they don’t have much in common. Hippos are most closely related to pigs, while rhinos are related to horses and tapirs. Giraffes are related to okapi. Giraffes are mild-mannered and won’t kick unless they’re frightened. Hippos and rhinos aren’t as docile. They’ll attack without warning! In fact, hippos kill more people in Africa than crocodiles, lions or sharks!

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Giraffes are mild-mannered hoofed giants and won’t kick unless they’re frightened – nothing new all about hoofed giants.

And hippos all live in the African Savannah or wetlands, and they’re all big mammals with hooves. But they don’t have much in common. Hippos are most closely related to pigs, while rhinos are related to horses and tapirs. Giraffes are related to okapi.

Hoofed Giant: Hippo Image

Hippos are most closely related to pigs and are hoofed giants.

Giraffes are mild-mannered and won’t kick unless they’re frightened. Hippos and rhinos aren’t as docile. They’ll attack without warning! In fact, hippos kill more people in Africa than crocodiles, lions or sharks!

Rhinos, Hoofed Giant Image

Rhinos are hoofed giants and have one or two sharp horns.

Fun Facts about Hoofed Giants for Kids

  • Hippo, rhinos and giraffes are all herbivores. They eat leaves, grass or woody plants.
  • Giraffes are the tallest mammals. They can stand 18 feet or more. Hippos are the heaviest land mammals behind elephants. They can weigh 10,000 pounds.
  • Giraffes only need to sleep 5 to 30 minutes each day.
  • A hippo’s nose, eyes and ears are on the top of its head so it can stay mostly hidden in the water.
  • Rhinos have one or two sharp horns.

Hoofed Giant Vocabulary

  1. Savannah: grasslands
  2. Mild-mannered: gentle, easy going
  3. Docile: mild-mannered, gentle
  4. Herbivore: eats plants

Learn More All About Hoofed Giants

Check out this oddly interesting video of two hoofed giants:

A video clip of a rhino befriending a hippo and looking for company.

Hoofed Giant Q&A

Question: What does the word “hippo” mean?

Answer: River horse

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Question: Which are more dangerous: rhinos or hippos?

Answer: Both can be aggressive, but hippos are more dangerous.

 

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