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.

Richard

Richard (calf)


Richard (who we are 90% sure is a male) if he turns out to be a female he will be called Laura. Born early July 2017 Mother is Tsakus and he/she lives at the Majekwe weir part of the Turgwe River with Tembia the bull and his family.

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Steve or Stephanie

Calf has just be named as Steve or Stephanie (if female): its sex is still unknown at present: born 18 or 19th September. His (her) mother is Relief and father is Kuchek. He (she) lives at the Chlabata pools part of the Turgwe River. You can give a birthname, by applying for the special draw organized for him (her). Check Karen’s blog for the draw.

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Steve or Stephanie

Bonbon

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

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Cheeky

Late notice: Best not to adopt Cheeky at this moment as she is living in an area where I cannot photograph her. 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 8 calves and also gave birth when she was very young at 5 years of age.


CHEEKY-id

CHEEKY

Kuchek

Kuchek

KUCHEK


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.

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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.

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Relief

RELIEF

Tacha

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.

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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.

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Tembia

TEMBIA

Tsakus

Tsakus

TSAKUS


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.

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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.

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SURPRISE


George

George

George


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.

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