Hippos and crocodiles
Hippos can live as long as 50 years, and spend most of their time in the water. They eat grass and plants and look lazy and slow. In reality, however, hippos can run fast and are very territorial, making aggressive use of their enormous tusks. In Beekse Bergen, these potentially dangerous animals can be watched from a safe distance.
The Nile crocodiles are also a new species for the park. These are the largest of the four crocodile species in Africa, growing to more than 6 metres in length and weighing more than 700 kilograms. In the Safari Park, these crocodiles will have the heated indoor enclosure they need because they are cold-blooded. Crocodiles can lie very still, waiting for their prey to come along, and then strike, quick as lightning. Fortunately, the crocodiles at Beekse Bergen can be observed through a wall of glass.