The San Diego Zoo reports that the life span of a hippo is about 45 years. Because the hippo is a vulnerable species, they generally live longer in captivity.
A hippo in its natural environment on average lives to be about thirty years old.Due to increased poaching/environmental stress a hippo may actually live longer in captivity – perhaps even past forty years old.
The lifespan of a hippopotamus is about 45 years. They are currently not listed as an endangered species, but humans have been encroaching upon their habitat for the past few centuries, greatly impacting their welfare. Habitat destruction has significantly reduced their habitat range, but poachers continue to kill hippos for their ivory tusks and hunters have begun to hunt them for meat, greatly which shortens their otherwise long lifespan.
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