Thanks to Highland Capital Management, the hippo has returned to the Dallas Zoo hippo outpost. The company made a huge donation through its co-founder; philanthropist known as James Dondero. Dondero’s passion for philanthropy work has seen the development of many sectors in the Dallas area. Some of them include the comeback of the hippo outpost in Dallas zoo which was constructed with amazing mastery.
The outpost was built on the Highland Capital Lodge sector and it includes a spectacular view of the hippo in their natural habitat and other unique displays.The outpost was built on a 2.1-acre land and other features it has, including a 2× 8 feet submerged viewing area to make the reality of the viewing more explicit and an African waterhole with a 120,000-gallon habitat. In addition to this, the lodge holds private events and the proceeds go to the development fund of the zoo.
It cost 14 million dollars for James Dondero and fellow philanthropists who include Eugene McDermott Foundation, Diane and Hal Brierlry, Harold and Simmons Foundation to make the dream of a hippo in America come true. The last hippo of the zoo which was called Papa died in 2001 and the outpost was automatically abandoned. The Dallas Zoo CEO and the president were elated at the construction and presence of the hippo. Thanks to the arrival of the over 3,000-pound hippos, the zoo has already reported a rise in visitors. The mayor, Mr. Mike Rawlings was also happy that the zoo has managed to surpass the capability of many modern zoos.
The Hippo Outpost is housing two hippos Boipelo who is a ten-year-old female weighing 2,395 pounds and Adhama who is a male. The former hippo is from a park in Albuquerque and the latter one is from a Los Angeles Zoo. The animals have been able to settle in the zoo perfectly.
About James Dondero:
James Dondero is the current president and co-founder of Highland Capital Management. The company is the developer of credit oriented solutions for retail investors and institutional investors. Mr.Dondero has more than 30 years experience in the equity and credit industry. His philanthropic work is also immeasurable as he has been involved in a lot of charity work.
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