James Dondero has been a stalwart presence in the Dallas, Texas area for the better part of the past decade. His work with the company Highland Capital Management has been both innovative and invigorating for the local economy. Dondero himself is known throughout the financial investment industry for his risk-taking ways that seem to almost always work out. Dondero knows that success as a company cannot be limited to just what you do during the work week, but also what you do for the community around you. This mindset has brought Dondero and the team at Highland Capital to become incredibly active with the community around them. Dondero recently donated, via the Highland Capital Management philanthropic arm, to the Dallas Zoo.
The Dallas Zoo is one of the most popular destinations in the entire city and now it is finally seeing some very real reformation in the form of new exhibits brought to the forefront. The big new attraction will be the return of Hippos who haven’t been seen in the zoo for nearly 15 years. The reason hippos are hard to keep around is that their enclosures are expensive, large, and hard to maintain without the proper funding. Fortunately James Dondero and a slew of other philanthropists came around to help bring them back.
Greg Hudson, the CEO and President at the Dallas Zoo, announced the brand new facility: the Simmons Hippo Outpost. This project was over a year in the making and it cost a whopping $14 million to manufacture. The habitat sits on 2.1 acres of land and it features a gigantic 120,000 gallon water hole for the hippos to bathe and play in. The Hippo Post is located in the area called Wilds of Africa, right off of the monorail station.
James Dondero’s donation amounted to a cool million dollars and it was enough to erect a viewing area that features a 4,485 sq/foot lodge and a massive glass window. The lodge will help to teach visitors about hippos while giving them a front row view at the magnificent creatures. Visitors are already expected to flood into the new building as it releases.