In the Dallas and Fort Worth area James Dondero has become synonymous with generosity. While being the head of one the biggest capital investment firms in town comes with an air of excellence, it’s the kind nature of the President of Highland Capital Management, and his generous donations, that have grabbed the citizens attention.
Mr. James Dondero has donated to museums, public centers, educational programs and charities in the Dallas and Fort Worth areas for years now, but recently he made a particular donation that caused a stir of excitement in the community. A million dollars is no small sum of money, but to bring back Hippos to the Dallas Zoo it was worth every penny. It cost 14 million dollars to update and reconstruct the hippo outpost and James was happy to do his part.
The new outpost has a 120,000 gallon waterhole habitat with a submerged viewing area. This means viewers will be able to view the entire habitat in a way that had never before been possible. This has reportedly already caused a growth in daily visitors. The 2.1 acre area features two hippos – Adhama (he weighs almost 2 tons!) and Boipelo (over a ton herself!) who have been enjoying their new home. These two were picked intentionally as part of the Association of Zoos and the Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan. The Zoo is confident that the two Hippos will get along just fine.
The Dallas area can be excited that their 15 year wait is over. Mr. Dondero and Highland Capital Management were happy to be involved and continue to help their community. It seems safe to say that James isn’t stopping his quest to make the Dallas area better for both it’s residents and it’s visitors.
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