Key Chain Size:
Hand Crafted in South Africa
Height: 2 inches
Width: 1/8 inches
Length: 2 inch
This beautiful hand painted hippo keychain has been made to look like a caricature of a hippo, this is enhanced by the bright colors and hand details. The colors may differ from keychain to keychain, but the quality will never change.
About the Hippo
The hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius) or hippo, from the ancient Greek for "river horse", is a large, mostly herbivorous mammal in sub-Saharan Africa, and one of only two extant species in the family Hippopotamidae (the other is the Pygmy Hippopotamus.) The hippopotamus is the third largest land animal (after the elephant and the white rhinoceros) and the heaviest extant artiodactyl, despite being considerably shorter than the giraffe.
The hippopotamus is semi-aquatic, inhabiting rivers and lakes where territorial bulls preside over a stretch of river and groups of 5 to 30 females and young. During the day they remain cool by staying in the water or mud; reproduction and childbirth both occur in water. They emerge at dusk to graze on grass. While hippopotamuses rest near each other in the water, grazing is a solitary activity and hippos are not territorial on land.
Despite their physical resemblance to pigs and other terrestrial even-toed ungulates, their closest living relatives are cetaceans (whales, porpoises, etc.) from which they diverged about 55 million years ago. The common ancestor of whales and hippos split from other even-toed ungulates around 60 million years ago.The earliest known hippopotamus fossils, belonging to the genus Kenyapotamus in Africa, date to around 16 million years ago.
The hippopotamus is recognizable by its barrel-shaped torso, enormous mouth and teeth, nearly-hairless body, stubby legs and tremendous size. It is the third-largest land mammal by weight (between 1˝ and 3 tonnes), behind the white rhinoceros (1˝ to 3˝ tonnes) and both species of elephant (3 to 9 tonnes). Despite its stocky shape and short legs, it can easily outrun a human. Hippos have been clocked at 30 km/h (19 mph) over short distances. The hippopotamus is one of the most aggressive creatures in the world and is often regarded as the most ferocious animal in Africa. There are an estimated 125,000 to 150,000 hippos throughout Sub-Saharan Africa; Zambia (40,000) and Tanzania (20,000–30,000) possess the largest populations. They are still threatened by habitat loss and poaching for their meat and ivory canine teeth.
About the company
Lumela Afrika was born (lumela meaning hello in the Sotho language) in May 1995, the main aim being to create meaningful and sustainable employment for single mothers and men from previously disadvantaged communities. Lumela Afrika focuses on empowering these people from the local communities of Orange Farm, Sharpville, Evaton and Sebokeng.
The Lumela range consists of both functional and decorative items. Every Lumela piece is a one – of – a kind work of art. None are completely identical – as products are hand drawn and painted by different ‘artists’. There are in fact 7 people at any one time working on a product as it moves through the production line.
Lumela Afrika is actively involved in supporting various children's homes. Homes that support abandoned and abused children as well as aids orphans. This has been in the form of financial contributions as well as the donation of our products as gifts.
JF Kennedy said “If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it most certainly cannot save the few who are rich”. Lumela Afrika will, no matter what it takes, strive to continue to make a positive difference in the lives of single mothers, their families as well as aids orphans, abandoned and abused children.