The people of Dallas are thrilled to welcome two new hippos back to the Zoo after nearly two decades of missing the creatures. In 2001, the last living hippo at the Dallas Zoo, Papa, passed away of old age. Due to the enclosure being empty and not having another animal to place there, the management team made the difficult decision to close down the habitat. Now, thanks to philanthropist and successful businessman, James Dondero, and a few of his local friends in the philanthropy pool, accumulated the $14 million necessary to bring the beloved animals back to the Zoo! The public can now visit Adhama, and Boipelo, two young hippopotami that now call the Dallas Zoo home. Though they are only a few years apart and seem to have different interests, the staff at the Zoo hopes to see them become close and eventually mate to support the population of the species. There is even a new area around the enclosure called the Highland Capital Lodge, named after James Dondero’s investment firm. Visitors can rent out the space for special occasions or guests can peer through the massive glass wall to watch the hippos play in the water. Read more about James at Crunchbase.
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The charity team at Highland Capital Management does all they can to help Mr. James Dondero in finding initiatives such as this one, that promise to give something of value back to the community. They search for civic efforts, non-profit organizations that work to improve the education and health care needs in their community. Another recent example of James Dondero’s charitable nature is the $1 million challenge grant given to The Family Place, A shelter for men in Dallas that have fallen victim to domestic violence in their homes. Housing is close to medical care and features a 24-hour crisis hotline which is manned with compassionate staff. Thanks to philanthropists like James Dondero and his team, non-profit organizations, and initiatives that will project Dallas into the future in a favorable light can survive and even thrive to offer the support their city needs. Read more about James Dondero on Bloomberg.com.