This is a humongous hippo that I photographed in Akagera National Park in Rwanda. These are the third largest land mammals in the world. A large male can reach up to 8,000 lbs and 13 ft long. Hippos closest relatives are cetaceans (whales and dolphins) They can stay submerged underwater for 5 minutes. Rwanda is a gorgeous country, and rich in biodiversity
My passions in life are wildlife conservation, animals, travel, food, wine, cultures, traditions, and learning languages. I worked with tigers and lions for many years in the U.S. This experience inspired within me a deep desire to protect endangered species. Currently, I am working for Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary in Uganda. During my time here in East Africa, I have seen the importance of community based eco-tourism, and conservation.