How Do Hippos Mate?
Sexual Maturity Hippopotamuses are polygamous, meaning they mate with more than one partner. Hippos may choose to mate with a different partner every time they mate. Female hippos reach sexual maturity at approximately 3 years of age but do not usually mate until they are 7 to 8 years of age. Females usually only mate every 2 to 3 years. Male hippos reach sexual maturity at approximately 5 years of age but usually do not get the chance to mate until they are much older and become more dominant. Dominant males chase less dominant males away from the females during breeding season. Predominately, only the dominant males get the opportunity to mate. Breeding Season The breeding season for hippos is when the season is at the driest. Breeding during the dry season times the birth so that the that the baby hippos will be born during the rainy season when there is a lot of grass to forage and eat. This is important to the survival of the babies because the mothers will not have to move areas