Dallas Zoo is now home to the new Simmons Hippo Post. This gigantic habitat for the world’s third largest land mammal is over two acres and exceeds 100,000 gallons of aquatic living space for the hippopotamuses, Adhama (male) and Biopelo (female). James Dondero, founder and head, of Highland Capital Lp donated $1,000,000 towards the completion of this project.
Known around the world for his philanthropic acts, James Dendero and his organization financially supports charities each year to the tune of three million dollars. Other known beneficiaries of the compassionate gifts from Dondero’s Highland Capital Management include: Perot Museum of Nature and Science, American Heart Association, the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum and the Centre of Brain Health.
The efforts of James Dondero and Highland Capital does not necessarily stop only with a donation. Additional support has been provided to former recipients of the donated funds in the form of leadership mentoring and other guidance monitoring. The mayor of Dallas, Mike Rawlings, was awe-inspired by how the Highland Capital employees have been instrumental in this effort of environmental conservation by volunteering, serving on the board, and making other painstaking devotions to seeing the vision to fruition.
After the death of Hippo Papa, Dallas Zoo has waited 15 years for the return of their beloved hippos. The concerted force of other philanthropists with James Dondero and Highland Capital have helped to make Dallas Zoo’s Simmons Hippo Post a true success. With statistics of attracting one million visitors each year, Dallas Zoo has projections of much increase with the new addition of the hippo waterhole.