"they had brought along a provision of hippo-meat"
Ugandan tribesmen dragging a hippo shot six times in the head to their village for food (1909)
Public DomainUgandan tribespeople dragging a shot hippo to their village for food (1909) - Credit: Frederick H. A. Seymour

Hippopotamus meat provided a traditional source of food for many African peoples, and may even have played a crucial role in the development of early Homo sapiens.

The sale of hippo meat is illegal today as hippo populations have been severely depleted by hunting; their numbers have declined most dramatically in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.