James Dondero Helps The Return Of Hippos To The Dallas Zoo
The head of the Dallas, Texas based Highland Capital company, James Dondero has recently been honored by Dallas Zoo President and CEO, Greg Hudson for the work he and his company have put in to aid the return of the hippos to the zoo. The hippo has not been seen at Dallas Zoo for more than 15 years, although visitors to the zoo have been calling for the return of the hippo for the majority of that time a campaign had to be organized to make the return of the animals as simple as possible.
James Dondero and Highland Capital pledged $1 million to the creation of the hippo habitat that makes it as comfortable as possible for the hippos to enjoy their life living in what will be known as the Simmons Hippo Outpost. The habitat at the Dallas Zoo has also received a range of donations, including $5 million in donations from the Harold Simmons Foundation that also sees the habitat named for its foundation; head of the Harold Simmons Foundations, Lisa Simmons, explains the foundation is hoping this will only be the first of a series of partnerships with the zoo as both continue to grow.
James Dondero and Highland Capital have played a key role in bringing the hippos back to the Dallas Zoo, which includes playing a role in making sure all the needed planning and development stages of the work needed for the foundation have been completed successfully. The prolonged period of planning for the water and land based habitat was needed to ensure it was safe for the animals to move into as they have also been provided with a large viewing window allowing a view of the 120,000 gallon waterhole designers believe will allow hippos Adhama and Biopela to live together in comfort for many years to come.