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The hippo averages eighty-hundred pounds of food a night. They feed on patches of short grasses near the water and may have to travel for miles to find food. They can hear falling fruit and sniff it out. The hippo's being active mostly only when eating helps them to conserve their energy. The hippo is a social animal that lives in groups of ten to thirty animals known as schools or rafts; some groups have as many as 200 in them, but they are social only when in water.