As international leaders in superior taxidermy, our team have produced over 150 000 exquisite trophies at the Life-Form studios. With an in-depth understanding of African game and their habitat, our expert craftsmen work with painstaking attention to detail, ensuring that your trophy will be recognised among the finest in the world.
The hippopotamus or hippo (Hippopotamus amphibius), from Ancient Greek for “river horse”, is a large, mostly herbivorous mammal in Sub-Saharan Africa. They are the third largest land mammal in the world.They are extremely dangerous and quite vicious. They swim well in water by kicking their small legs around and they are amazingly agile for their weight. They are good climbers. Young Hippos often climb up on their Mothers backs to rest.
• The Hippos average lifespan is 50 years.
• Their hides can weigh half a ton.
• The hippo can stay underwater for up to 6 minutes if they close their eyes and nostrils.
• Hippos are closely related to pigs
Thorough preparation is the key factor to ensuring a high-quality final product. All hides are tanned and oiled using the world’s very best available chemicals and processes to ensure permanence and longevity.Forms are selected to ensure the best fit and posture will be altered to suit you, the client’s preference without additional cost. Natural habitat bases are custom-made for full mount trophies without additional cost.Only the finest materials and 30 years of professional experience are used in defining your trophies in a whole new way. The final trophies are almost Life-Formed. When the restoration is required, every effort is made to repair cuts and abrasions, and to minimise bullet damage. Natural scarring is kept unless otherwise requested.
The hippo climbs up river banks each night to graze on the grass. They will eat grasses and leaves but aren’t hesitant to bite other animals in a fight. Fallen fruits are also a part of their diet.With their sharp hearing, they can hear the sound of dropping fruit. Nile Crocodiles, Lions and Spotted Hyenas are known to prey on young hippos.