Karen Paolillo and the Turgwe Hippos July 2014

Karen Paolillo and the Turgwe Hippos July 2014

Karen Paolillo shows the close bond she has formed with the Turgwe Hippos over the last two decades. The hippos allow her to photograph and video while they are on land with her. Kuchek the young bull is now in charge of the family since the sad demise of Robin.

Robin we believe was accidentally killed by a female hippo who was not receptive to his advances. He had lived a long life and so as an old bull hippo he died a natural death and not at the hands of man.

His death is a huge hole in Karen’s heart but she knows she has to remain focused on the living and hopes you will enjoy seeing some of the young of the Turgwe Hippos in this small video.

Filmed and narrated by Karen Paolillo of The Turgwe Hippo Trust, Zimbabwe.


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  1. Madeline Alaggio

    It’s my dream to see Hippos in their natural habitat. They have always been my favorite animal and I couldn’t help but cry over this video because they mean that much to me. Thank you for all you do for them. I was wondering if you would be able to email me? It’s ……….@…… I have questions that I would love answered! Please and thank you. Keep up the wonderful work.

    • karen paolillo

      Hi Madeline your email has been taken off of the comments so if you wish to get in touch with me just fill in your questions on the commment form for adopting and send it to that email contact and I will come back to you .

      So pleased you love hippos. Love Karen and all the hippos

  2. julie braby

    Dear Karen
    i have just finished reading your book. My mum was born in Zimbabwe but has not been back for about 30 years. Your story really really touched me because so many people do not know what went on in Zimbabwe……your love and dedication to the hippos is beyond astounding and how lucky are we to have people like you who stayed to protect the animals……
    I would love to adopt a hippo
    with admiration
    from south Africa

    • karen paolillo

      Dear Julie thank you so much for your very kind words and to know that you would like to adopt a hippo. The SA rate is cheaper than for overseas so you can pay in rand300 best way to pay is contact me by email on this site and then I will give you details of Zim bank account. Hope that helps.

      If you would like to put up a review about the book on kalahari.com that would be wonderful and please let all your friends in SA know about it. It all helps to promote what I am trying to achieve here for the hippos Love and thanks Karen and the hippos

  3. Charlene Wood

    Your videos area always a bright part of my day! I can smell the bush while watching…sooo want to be there. I miss Humani, the land, people and the animals. Thank you for what you do, amazing success.
    Charlene Wood

    • Donna Fahrni

      Love this video, Karen. Love too all the sound footage of the birds and of course the hippos,makes me feel like I am there with you.
      xxoo, Donna

      • karen paolillo

        Hi Donna thanks for the comments on the video. I try to make most of my videos natural so you can hear what I hear as I tape them. Love Karen and the hippos

    • karen paolillo

      Hi Charlene the time when you were a neighbour living on Humani was certainly pretty different to the life we now have here, but the main thing is the wildlife is still here and we have hope for the future. Love Karen and the hippos

    • karen paolillo

      Hi Charlene good to hear from you and so pleased my little videos brighten up your day. Things have changed a lot here but for all the change thank goodness there is still nature and animals hanging in there. Let us hope that it will continue. Love Karen and the hippos

  4. Ruthie Cassidy

    Loved this video! To see them all– so relaxed and “hanging out.” They all looked very healthy…and happy. And the river looks pretty good (I think.) Praying for NO drought this year! Thanks Karen!

    • karen paolillo

      Hi Ruthie this year we have food ie the grass and the river is not too bad. There are three pools left and although one is silting up quickly we can always use our sand pump to remove some silt from one of the other pools. As long as the river is flowing and we have grazing that is what counts. Love Karen and the hippos

  5. Helen Capps

    What a lovely video showing them all in their natural environment and so relaxed – great to see footage of my baby Banky! Thank you for looking after them and devoting your time to their wellbeing. Keep up the good work! Love Helen xxx

    • karen paolillo

      Thank you Helen for your comments which makes my web site feel more in touch with everyone, as it is like facebook you keep in touch. Glad you enjoyed it and Banky sure is a good looking boy! Love Karen and the hippos

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