Jessica the hippo_foot

This website is dedicated to the life and wellbeing of a very special creature named Jessica. Jessica is an 23-year old female Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus Amphibius) who lives near Hoedspruit, South Africa.

What makes Jessica so special and unique, is the fact that she’s a wild animal that interacts with humans in a rather different way than nature has intended.



The year 2000 kicked off with devastating floods in Mozambique and South Africa and the image that one remembers is the miracle rescue of the mother who gave birth to her baby daughter in a tree in Mozambique.

While that human drama was unfolding, another mother in a river further south lost her daughter too, as the floods swept her downstream.


People often say history repeats itself, but nobody expected what happened on January 18th, 2012. 

After similar weather conditions (a heavy storm and a flash flood) another hippo washed up at the doorstep of Oom Tonie.


Come Feed, Touch and Play with Jessica The Hippo!

First, we will show you a video about Jessica and her history. 

We will then move down to the raft and feed Jessica the snack of the day.

After the snack we will give her 2 bottles of tea.

We will then move on to giving her a back rub with our feet and we will sit with Jessica for a while.


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Jessica & Seun!

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Check Out The Livestream!

Come check out the livestream and see what the Hippo’s are up to.