Event this Weekend a Chance to Say Goodbye to Beloved Zoo Resident

May 20, 2016

Henry the Hippo at Dickerson Park Zoo
Credit Dickerson Park Zoo

A going away party will be held this weekend--but the guest of honor might not have a clue what’s going on.  Dickerson Park Zoo will give the public the chance to say goodbye to Henry the Hippo with special events tomorrow and Sunday. 

Henry is going to the Cincinnati, Ohio Zoo in mid-June to live in a new $8 million habitat and for the first time in many years will have a female companion, according to Dickerson Park Zoo officials.

Henry has been a long time resident of southwest Missouri.  He came to Springfield when he was just a few months old and turned 34 last August.

Henry’s Farewell Weekend will include Hippo Feedings at 10, noon and 2, hippo kiss paintings and t-shirts for sale and the Fishin’ Magicians.  The public will also be able to sign a giant farewell card for Henry.

Learn more at dickersonparkzoo.org.