Q:

What is the deadliest animal in Africa?

A:

Quick Answer

The hippopotamus kills more humans than any other animal in Africa. This animal, which has an average weight of about 7,000 pounds, is responsible for 3,000 human deaths every year, according to the African Wildlife Foundation.

Know More
What is the deadliest animal in Africa?
Credit: Derek Keats Flickr CC-BY-2.0

Full Answer

Many human deaths occur because male hippos aggressively defend a given territory from predators. Additionally, female hippos become aggressive when potential predators come around their young. In many cases, humans become victims after wandering too close to a river bed that a hippo is protecting. Hippos tend to live in groups of about 15, with a single bull protecting the rest of the herd.

In other cases, a hippo will attack poachers who get too close to the animal's habitat. These poachers will kill the animal and sell its valuable tusks, teeth and fat.

Escaping from a hippo attack is difficult, as the animal can run at speeds of up to 20 miles per hour. By comparison, Usain Bolt, the fastest human in recorded history, reached a top speed of 27.44 miles per hour during a race in 2009. His average speed over a 100 meter race is 23.35 miles per hour.

Mosquitoes indirectly kill more people in Africa than hippos, as they spread diseases like malaria and dengue. Malaria alone kills more than one million people annually on the continent, with most of the fatalities being children.


Is this answer helpful?

Similar Questions

  • Q:

    What is the deadliest animal in the world?

    A:

    The deadliest animal in the world is the anopheles mosquito, which can carry malaria. According to the Centers for Disease Control, malaria killed nearly 700,000 people and sickened about 220 million people around the world in 2010.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What animal eats coyotes?

    A:

    Outside of being hunted by humans for their fur, the coyotes' biggest predator is wolves. In fact, since being reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park in 1995, wolves have reduced the coyote population by 39 percent, according to studies.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What animal eats birds?

    A:

    Aside from humans, the most common predators of birds are other birds and feral cats. Large birds with few or no natural predators, such as owls, hawks and eagles, sometimes eat smaller birds.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Which wild animal kills the most humans in Africa?

    A:

    The hippopotamus directly kills more humans in Africa than any other wild animal. It is aggressive and deceptively fast-moving when defending its territory in and around water.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore