The Dallas Zoo Reconstructed; Another Philanthropic Act From James Dondero

spcblog, 20 July 2017, No comments
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James Dondero, the Co-Founder and President of Highland Capital Management (HCM), has more than 30 years of experience in equity and credit markets and focuses mainly on high-yield and distressed investment. He is also the Chairman of Cornerstone Healthcare, Next bank, and CCS Medical. Also, he serves also as a board member of the American Banknote and MGM Studios.

Mr. Dondero is a very active philanthropist, offering support for education initiatives, public policy, and veteran’s affairs. As a result, he has grown to be popular and loved among Fort Worth and Dallas residents. He is a major enthusiast of community-based development projects.

His undying devotion and acts of philanthropy over the decades have made possible the construction and makeover of many public amenities like most of Dallas’ major attraction spots, educational institutions and also a majority of Dallas’ key attraction areas. His latest philanthropic act is the re-establishment of the state-of-the-art hippo garrison at the zoo in Dallas. Many zoo and hippo lovers eagerly waited to view the hippos as they have not been seen in 15 years.

For millions of Dallas zoo-goers, this year’s (2017) spring season marked the rebirth of one of the most refreshing exhibitions– The Hippo Habitat. After waiting for around 15 years, residents can finally enjoy the beauty of hippos without needing to travel to Africa.

Highland Capital Management, Mr. Dondero’s firm, made a 1 million Dollar donation to help in reconstructing the Zoo’s hippo outpost, which was abandoned in 2001 after the death of “Papa”- the famous hippo of the zoo. This donation was used for building the “Highland Capital Lodge” that has exclusive displays and a breathtaking view of the hippos and their habitat.

The Highland Capital lodge also offers event facilitation, and all the proceeds are reserved for the future improvements of the zoo.

Besides James Dondero, other philanthropists like Diane and Hal Brierley, the Harold Simmons Foundation, and the Eugene McDermott Foundation contributed towards bringing the hippos back as the whole project’s cost was 14 million Dollars.

The zoo is now home to Adhama, a male hippo weighing 3,722 pounds and Boipelo, a ten-year old that weighs 2,395. The presence of these two is expected to make a visit to the zoo worth every expense. The decision to pair these two was according to the recommendation of the Species Survival Plan of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

For more information on James Dondero find him on LinkedIn.


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