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
I am the CEO of Christopher Austria Safaris Ltd., a unique travel company based in Kampala, Uganda. I lead wildlife, and cultural safaris in Uganda, and Rwanda. I am also wildlife conservationist, photographer, videographer, and founder of Chris Austria Productions LLC. Our mission is to empower communities and conserve wildlife through film, photography, and music. We are filming a documentary in Uganda on the strong connection between community development, rural health care, and wildlife conservation.