After more than a decade of waiting, hippos have finally made their much-anticipated return to the Dallas Zoo. This comes following a year’s long construction and a four-year planning that finally hatched the $14 million worth, 2.1 Acres Simmons Hippos Post. This habitat features a 24*8 ft. magnificent window that allows guests to have a spectacular view of the crystal waters of the 120, 000-gallon waterhole. The conservation sanctuary serves as a facility for creating environmental awareness: Efforts that naturally speak on behalf of this 3rd largest, globally renowned mammal.
The two hippos, Adhama and his female counterpart, Biopelo were acquired from the Albuquerque Bio-Park. The return of this mammals received high reception, after the sole hippo fondly known as Okapi, died in 2001. The revival of the Dallas Zoo’s Simmons Hippo Outpost project-launch fund was donated by the Harold Simmons Foundation.
Additionally, Highland Capital Management Lp, headed by James Dondero, was another generous donor who contributed $1,000,000. The fund was mainly used in the development of a 4.485 ft. Squared Lodge, which is purposed for use for educational excursions and private occasions. This donation by HCM Lp. is but one of a litany of charitable deeds the organization has expended toward community development projects.
James Dondero’s organization spends more than $3 million every year on several charitable organizations. In addition to the Dallas Zoo contribution, the Highland Capital Management has contributed generously to institutions such as Perot Museum of Nature & Science, The George W. Bush Presidential Library, The American Heart Association and the Center for Brain Health.
There is more! The James Dondero-Administration at Highland also takes the unspoken role of inputting their knowledge and experience to offer guidance and direction to the institutions that they support, through leadership programs and other critical services. In fact, Mike Rawlings finds James Dondero philanthropic enterprises as nothing more or short of inspiring.
Why Dallas Zoo?
Rawlings highly regards the staff at Highland owed to their commitment and efforts towards the dispensation of worthy causes like environment conservation. “My firm is committed to investing in the Dallas Community by supporting organizations that serve Dallas through unique societal influence. Dallas Zoo is the sort of institution that Highland Capital is happy to help,” said James Dondero.