Name the new baby with your preferred birthname – Draw is done!

Published : 7 Jun, 2019

New baby hippo born around MAY 15 to MAY 18 th, mother is TACHA and father could be Tembia.

It could quite possibly be a male as it is a large calf but we will have to be patient and wait to find out. You now have the chance to name this baby.

I would suggest if you enter this draw that you give a female and a male name and if you win we will have both names,  once sex is known we can use your chosen name.

Every dollar donated to name the baby helps these Turgwe Hippos have a future as we will be feeding them later this year, so the Trust  needs as  help to purchase their food.

Tacha so far since her birth in 2000 has had four calves, one female BonBon, two males Tandee and George and now this latest calf.

Love to you Karen and the hippos

Update : July 2nd

Check your emails, the draw is completed and winner is known and result is published with a video on VIMEO (

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  1. Robert

    I’m delighted to see that the Turgwe Hippo Trust is still going strong. I’ve been re-reading my diaries from the year I spent in Zimbabwe in 1998 when I visited the Trust. At the time the two dominant males were ‘Happy’ and ‘Bob’ (who gave us a display of his teeth) and also his son (whose name I wrote down as Tendai, was that correct?)

    For many years I wore I tie-dyed Turgwe Hippo Trust t-shirt to exhaustion!

    • karen paolillo

      Hi Robert sorry this took me a while to reply. Wow lovely to hear from you again nice to know it was back in 1998 and that you kept wearing the tshirt 🙂 You are right Bob’s son is Tembia so nearly right and he is still here and has fathered now over 16 calves since you last saw him 🙂 Sadly both Bob and Happy are dead now killed by other hippos when they were getting on in years. Tembia and the other bull here Kuchek are both offspring of Bob and Happy. I am sure you are in the visitors book are you the Robert that mentioned you would write home to your Mum to tell her about the hippos ? love Karen and the hippos

  2. Debra Cookston

    For a girl hippo? Fadziso: means one who brings happiness
    For a boy hippo? Chatunga: means strong and mighty warrior’ fighter

    • karen paolillo

      Debra it was a draw and the winner was a lady from the UK and the name will be Kai if a boy and Jenny if a girl Love Karen and all the hippos xxx

  3. Suzanne Neath

    Emily, my 10 year old Daughter adopted Humpty for my 40th Birthday earlier this year. I showed her the new baby and she came up with Clover and Mint. Clover for the girl and Mint for the boy. Good luck to everyone who enters.

    • karen paolillo

      Suzanne sorry you did not win better luck next time Love Karen and the hippos xxx


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