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Nile Hippo
Nile Hippo

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Meet our humongous hippo!

Come behind the scenes and meet Brutus, Adelaide Zoo’s iconic Nile Hippo. Watch him wake up, welcome the day and enjoy his breakfast as our dedicated keepers explain all about Brutus and the plight of his wild cousins.

Then, help prepare breakfast for our adorable Pygmy Hippo, Obi and watch on as he devours every last bit.

Highlights of this experience

  • Get special access to our Nile Hippo Brutus in his off-limits area
  • Get closer than ever to our precious Pygmy Hippo Obi
  • Assist the keeper in preparing Obi’s breakfast

Hippos are nocturnal, spending the majority of their time in water and venturing onto land at night to graze.

How your ticket helps our conservation efforts

Classified as endangered in the wild, the primary threats to hippos are illegal and unregulated hunting for meat, the ivory trade and habitat loss due to their reliance on freshwater resources across Africa. The Nile Hippopotamus is classed as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

International zoo breeding programs for the species are critically important for safeguarding this remarkable species for the future.

By purchasing a ticket to our Hippo Interactive experience at Adelaide Zoo, you are not only supporting the incredible species in our care, you’re also helping us raise awareness and valuable funds to safeguard their wild cousins. Part of the income generated from our Animal Experiences contributes to the work Zoos SA does in support of a wide number of conservation programs both within and beyond our gates.

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