The Hippo Lady of Zimbabwe at Ondaatje Theatre in LONDON, Nov 21st, 2017

Published : 28 Aug, 2017

Come along to an entertaining and uplifting evening at the Ondaatje Theatre, Royal Geographic Society, London, UK.

Hear directly from Karen Paolillo the inspiring story of how she lives with the Turgwe Hippos and has accumulated two and a half decades of intimate knowledge on their behaviour.

How she was the first person to feed hippos in their wild environment on a long term basis during a horrendous drought, and the total success it was to be. This led to the creation of the Turgwe Hippo Trust, a non- profit in Zimbabwe. Karen has faced so many obstacles: from natural events like droughts and floods, to actually having her and her husband’s lives threatened by people intent on killing the wildlife in the area. This would have included some, if not all, of the Turgwe Hippos.

Karen’s book, A HIPPO LOVE STORY published by Penguin SA, tells this amazing story and will be on sale as a signed copy.

Suzie Marsh and Richard Symonds have kindly offered to help the Trust by bringing some of their amazing work. Oephebia will also have jewellery there as well.

The doors will open at 5.45pm with a cash bar available, as well as the items for sale until the talk begins at 6.30pm.

Karen is honoured to have Jill Robinson, MBE, of Animals Asia introducing her and then Karen will tell the hippos’ story, as well as show images of last years’ horrendous drought. Karen fed the hippos – 19 in total – and 200 other animals -including 25 elephants- for an entire year and not one animal died.

Tickets can be purchased here (15 £)

This is a fund raiser for the Turgwe Hippo Trust so any donation on the night will be most appreciated and help to protect these amazing animals.




South Kensington (Circle, District and Piccadilly Lines) – a 10 to 15 minute walk up Exhibition Road (beyond the Science Museum and Imperial College) to the Society.

Knightsbridge (Piccadilly Line) – a 15 minute walk along Kensington Road to the Society.

Lancaster Gate (Central Line) – a 15 to 20 minute walk across Hyde Park to the Society


There are several bus routes which stop outside or within the vicinity of the Society building.

  • 9: Hammersmith/Aldwych
  • 10: Hammersmith/King’s Cross
  • 52: Willesden/Victoria
  • 360: Kensington/Elephant and Castle
  • 452: Wandsworth/Willesden


  • The nearest mainline railway stations are London Victoria (you can then take the 52bus to the Society) and London Paddington (a 25 minute walk to the Society).

The Hippos hope to see you there.


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  1. Jo Winstone

    Can’t wait!! So looking forward to seeing you in November!! Jo xx

    • karen paolillo

      Jo it will be wonderful to meet up Love Karen and the hippos

  2. karen paolillo

    Helen I hope you will enjoy it you have seen them here so you have an edge on a lot of people who will only have the photos. See you soon Love Karen and the hippos

  3. Helen Capps

    2 tickets bought – just need to sort out the train and accomodation now – So excited to see you again and catch up on all the hippos! Love Helen xxx


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