James Dondero Helps the Dallas Zoo to Bring Hippos to Its Nets

James Dondero, the President of Highland Capital Management, helped the Dallas Zoo bring hippos to its nets – a long cherishing demand for the hippo lovers of the city. It took almost a year’s intense construction and another four years planning for making a post in the Zoo that costs around $14 million. The Amazing Simmons Hippo Post is a naturalistic waterhole habitat gives clear views of the giant creatures. Interestingly, it also has giant underwater viewing windows for the visitors to see through the water. James Dondero contributed more than $1,000, 000 for building a lodge of size 4.485-square-foot in the post that is helpful for private events and extensive educational displays.


Dondero is a well-known philanthropist and has contributed millions to various community development programs. Recently, his Highland Capital collaborated with Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation’s Former President, Linda Owen to provide strategic advice to channel the philanthropic activities and projects of the firm as it plans to expand the community support services. Under the direction of Dondero, Highland Capital contributes at least $3 million to various charitable organizations annually. He also made sure that the firm is contributing to many institutions including the George W Bush Presidential Library and Museum, Perot Museum of Nature and Science, the Centre of Brain Health, and American Heart Association. Apart from donating money, the Executives of Highland offers guidance and strategies to many non-profit groups with their expertise and leadership experience.


Mike Rawlings, the current Dallas Mayor, has intense regards to Dondero and his philanthropic efforts. He admits that Highland Capital employees are ready to give their time and resources to great causes like environmental conservation. The contributions of Dondero and other contributors of Dallas Zoo helped the efficient construction of Hippo Post that uses 140,000 gallons of water. The newly added hippos to the recently built habitat are expected to attract more people in the coming years. It should be noted that the strategically located zoo was attracting more than 1,000,000 visitors annually. Interestingly, the Hippo Post is safe, green, and naturalistic, and that creates a completely natural habitat for the hippos giving full free movement throughout the post.

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