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About Our Hippos

This website is dedicated to the life and wellbeing of a very special creature named Jessica. Jessica is an 23-year old female Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus Amphibius) who lives near Hoedspruit, South Africa.

What makes Jessica so special and unique, is the fact that she’s a wild animal that interacts with humans in a rather different way than nature has intended.

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Opening hours

Monday-Saturday 08:45 to 09:45, 9:45 to 10:45 am and afternoons 13:45 to 14:45 pm. Sunday 08:45 to 09:45, 9:45 to 10:45 am.
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Entrance Fee

Adults: R 250.00 per Person, Children under 12 Years: R 100.00 per Person. It is possible to pay by credit card on arrival.

Did you know ?

The name hippopotamus comes from the Greek words “hippos,” meaning horse, and “potamus,” meaning river.

Though the hippo spends most of its day in the water, it is more closely related to the pig than the horse.



Physical Characteristics

After elephants and white rhinos the hippopotamus is the third largest living mammal on land and their hides alone can...

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There are two hippo species found in Africa The large hippo Hippopotamus Amphibius found in East Africa occurs south of...

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Hippos have a flexible social system defined by hierarchy and by food and water conditions

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Predators & Threats

The hippo once ranged from the Nile delta to the Cape Now it is mostly confined to protected areas

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Hippos are surprisingly agile and often traverse steep banks each night to graze on grass

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Our Location

Jessica the Hippo
Essex Road, R527,
1380 Hoedspruit
South Africa


+27 82 921 1216



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