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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 – Tony 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!