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Jessica the Hippo

Limpopo | 26 May

Jessica is a 14 year old hippo who was found abandoned as a calf on a river bank after a flood in the Kruger National Park, and now lives near Hoedspruit, Limpopo.


The story of Jessica has become somewhat a worldwide phenomenon as she is the only hippo in the world known to interact with humans. I was lucky enough to spend 2 days with Jessica and the wonderful people who rescued her РTony and Shirley Joubert.



Jessica lives with the wild hippos but spends most evenings on the doorstep of the Jouberts house. She displays the most remarkable, friendly characteristics for a creature who is known to be one of the most dangerous animals in Africa and it was absolutely incredible getting to know her!