Choose a Hippo to Adopt

Here are some of the Turgwe Hippos which are available for adoption.

Adopting a hippo makes you a very important part of that hippo’s future.

Humpty

New calf born around 24th January 2018 (female)


HUMPTY  born around 24th January 2018.  Her  mother is Odile and father Tembia.  She is an absolute gem and just  loves to stand on the rock in the river pool and show off to us and our hippo  volunteers.

 

Adopt Me

Shama

Finally SHAMA is definitively a boy ! Born 18th January 2018 Mother is called SURPRISE and he lives with Kuchek the bull, who may be his father and the rest of the family at the Chlabata pools part of the Turgwe River.

Adopt Me

New calf in Surprise’s family

Laura

Laura (calf)


Born early July 2017, the calf was supposed to be a male and named “Richard”. Mother is Tsakus and he/she lives at the Majekwe weir part of the Turgwe River with Tembia the bull and his family. On June 10th 2018 we discovered that Richard is a girl! He is now called Laura.

 

Adopt Me

Steve

Calf has just be named as Steve: its sex is now known ! He’s born 18 or 19th September. His mother is Relief and father is Kuchek. He lives at the Chlabata pools part of the Turgwe River. A winner gave hisa birthname, by applying for the special draw organized for him just after his birthday.

Adopt Me


Steve who grew up

Bonbon

Bonbon


Bonbon was born on April 6th, 2011 and is a female and the daughter of Tacha.  BonBon’s birth was filmed and can be found on YouTube Turgwehippomark here on Hippo Tacha gives birth 6th April 2011

Adopt Me

Cheeky

Cheeky was born in November 1990 and was the first calf born after we arrived in  this area.  Her father was a lovely bull called Happy and her mother  was a very special hippo called Blackface. Cheeky has had 9 calves and also gave birth when she was very young at 5 years of age.


CHEEKY-id

CHEEKY

Kuchek

Kucheck dominant bull !


Kuchek is the dominant bull at Hippo Haven. Born in March 2001 to Mystery and Happy. He was named after the first animal I ever bonded with, a Welsh Mountain pony who I called Kuchek, which means “small” in Iranian. He and I have a very special bond like I used to have with Bob who sadly died naturally in 2003.

Adopt Me

Relief

Relief born January 2005 features in my book A HIPPO LOVE STORY, her mother is Cheeky and her father was Robin. Unusually she left the family at a very young age and for a while lived with a young male called Bobin. Eventually in January 2013 she returned to Hippo Haven. She had broken one of her lower canine teeth and she was very assertive and at times acted more like a male than a female. In Feb 2014 she had her first calf Darrow a male, who is also the first calf for the bull Kuchek. Relief had her second calf around Sept 18th 2017, its sex is unknown at present.

Adopt Me


Relief (good mother)

Tacha

Tacha


Tacha was born in January 2000,  Abe is her mother, Happy was the father.  She has had 4 calves.  She was born the year of the big flood.  A cyclone hit Mozambique and the Turgwe River  had  water rising higher than we have ever seen.  Tacha means flood in Shona, Zimbabwe’s principal African language.

Adopt Me

Tembia

Tembia is probably the most important hippo to me as he is the son of Bob. Bob represents the Trust as our hippo logo and was the first hippo who I had the most remarkable relationship with.  Tembia was conceived during the horrendous drought of 1991/92.  His mother was Lace and he was born on June 16th 1993. He lived with Lace at Hippo Haven until he was at least five years of age and then she left the family with him and moved  to another pool 18kms away. There she lived with Robin the bull  and later when Bob was killed Tembia came back into this area.  He is now the dominant bull at the Majekwe weir, 5kms upstream from Hippo Haven. I have followed his life since the day he was born and he now has a family of his own. Normally most males have to leave the area, so it is very fortunate that Bob’s son is still part of the Turgwe Hippos  In many ways his character is  just like Bob’s.

Adopt Me


Tembia

Tsakus

Tsakus, another mother


Tsakus born June 2004 to Abe not sure who was the father! She has had 4 calves, one calf sadly still born then her son Herbert and now Baba another male born May 2015. Her name means “dear one” in Armenian.

Adopt Me

Surprise

Surprise was born in November 1993, the daughter of Abe and beautiful Bob. She has had 6 calves, the first one born when Surprise was very young just five years of age. Surprise is very easy to recognize as she is the biggest female hippo, looking at times more like a bull or a small rhino. I would say she weighs about 2 tons. She also has a very wrinkled skin and looks older than she is.

Adopt Me


Surprise


George

George is now a big boy !


George born in December 2014 is the son of Tacha and Kuchek. He was first seen in the river by Mirinda Thorpe on Christmas eve morning which was such a lovely gift for both of us he was at least a week old.

Adopt Me

Horatio

Horatio a male whose mother is Cheeky. He was born approximately late November 2017. He was named in memory of a wonderful lady called Helen Sparks. She sadly passed last year. She was gifted a huge wooden hippo in the UK after she retired early from her job and he was named Horatio. We believe she is happy to know that his name lives on with a live baby hippo.

Adopt Me


Horatio and his mom Cheeky!