Hippos are the giants of African rivers. They cannot swim like fish, but swim they do in order to survive. They are vegetarians, yet they are the most dangerous animals on the entire African continent. Near the lifegiving waters of Africa, their roar fills the air as they look after their families and confront their enemies. Ferociously protective, the Hippos are both the heroes and villains of African stories, legends, and life itself.
Out on the plains and river deltas of Africa, the hippo lives, loves, and plays. Hippos rule as they wallow in the shallows, their gapping mouths smiling as life passes by. As the sun rises, the hippo makes the deep African rivers their home, away from the dusty heat that others above must endure. Hippos reign supreme in a tranquil aquatic world. Surfacing for air, the hippo remains motionless, eyes fixed, nostrils breathing; silent, conserving energy and keeping vigil over their young. The people of Africa know the hippo well, and when she is quiet, she is perhaps her most dangerous.
From afar, the voluptuous hippo, ever playful and constantly mindful, is easily misconstrued as a slow and even docile animal, although they are gentle, friendly, and loveable. Slow, obese, and lethargic has been a source of much amusement throughout Africa. The reality is quite different. Hippos are intelligent, swift, and not at all lethargic. Muscle is frequently confused for fat. Because the people of Africa are aware of this, the hippo is revered and treated with the utmost care.
As night falls, the hippos make their way to the lush waterside grassland to graze under the moonlight and sleep. The sounds of Africa fill the air; roaring, belching hippopotamuses play, fight, and eat. The elegance of the hippo is clear to see in the surreal, celestial glow of a cloudless night; their size and beautiful clumsiness are a sight to behold, but enemies beware, hippo are vicious and kill in a heartbeat. The Hippo returns to their wallowing world of mud and water as dawn approaches and other animals flock to the still waters to drink from the rare and precious source of life.
An Infinite circle of life
Hippo has won the imagination of the African people and Africa herself. Through satire, overweight and joyful hippos have two sides to who they are. Captured in art by tribesmen, their love of the majestic hippo is impossible to ignore, while their respect for the killer is never overlooked. Captured in wax, the African Hippo candle does justice to the Hippo. Bright colours emphasise the joy of the beast, while the attention to detail in the moulding shows respect. As a gift set, a group of hippos sums up family, bringing light, joy, and peace to anyone.