Wildlife and Environment Zimbabwe, Mashonaland Branch is hosting Karen Paolillo, founder of Turgwe Hippo Trust on Saturday 14 June from 2:30pm to 4:30pm at Mukuvusi Woodlands for the official launch of her book A Hippo Love Story. Her uncanny understanding and ability to communicate with these huge animals earned her the title of hippo whisperer in the BBC Wildlife Magazine and has seen her featured in a National Geographic TV series.
Karen always dreamed working with animals in Africa and worked for many years as a safari guide. In 1990 she moved to the Southeast Lowveld to the Save Conservancy with her husband where her closest neighbours were hippos. In 1991 she raised funds to feed the animals and build them cement pans to see them through a drought. Of the 27 she had counted when she first arrived, only 13 survived, thanks in part to Karen’s intervention. Sadly, the remaining hippos died or disappeared during those hard times. Karen’s exposure to these magnificent animals led her to love them and eventually found the Turgwe Hippo Trust in an effort to conserve and protect the hippos of Turgwe. A Hippo Love Story is about her experience.