Adult cows have an average body weight of 1,350 kg and an average shoulder height of 144 cm. Adult bulls are larger with an average mass of 1,500 kg and an average shoulder height of 150 cm.
The hippopotamus is one of the largest megaherbivores in the world. In order, others are the
- African elephant, from 2 500 to 3 800 kg
- Hippopotamus, white rhino & Indian rhino, 1 400-2 000 kg
- Black rhino, 1 000-1 300 kg
- Giraffe is 800-1 200 kg
- Asiatic guar 940 kg
- American bison, 900 kg
- Savannah buffalo, 860 kg
The pygmy or pygmy hippopotamus is much smaller with an average body mass of 160 to 190 kg for cows and 200 to 280 kg for bulls and adults and an average shoulder height of 82 cm. The ‘s snout is smaller and narrower than that of the hippopotamus, and the skin is bluish-black, sometimes with a dark green tint.