The Dallas Zoological Park recently received a major renovation that included the addition of a brand new, 2.1 acre hippo exhibit. The Simmons Hippo Post, the exhibit’s affectionate name, has become a safe and spacious habitat for each of the new hippos recently introduced to the Dallas Zoo. The Dallas community has given an enthusiastic response to the addition of the Simmons Hippo Post and many residents of the city have expressed major gratitude, often citing the Dallas zoo’s lack of a hippo post for 15 long years. The new exhibit has proven to be a success and its representatives recently thanked major contributors to the exhibit for providing the funding necessary to build the immaculate habitat. James Dondero, the leader of the investment firm, Highland Capital, contributed to the development of the Simmons Hippo Post and recently discussed his role in its development and benefit to the growth of the Dallas economy.
Dondero contributed over one million dollars from the Highland Capital philanthropic fund to the expansion of the hippo habitat in the Dallas Zoo. Dondero has previously discussed the fact that the systematic growth of the Dallas metropolitan area is one of his key concerns and that he was willing to contribute to projects that shared this goal of expansion. James Dondero has developed a history of donations to projects that serve to create beneficial programs in the Dallas area. His contribution to the Dallas Zoo was a furthering of his previous commitment to the revitalization of the Dallas area. By helping the zoo to develop the Simmons Hippo Post, Dondero hopes to dramatically impact the economy in a way that can serve the citizens of Dallas.
Impact on Dallas Economy
James Dondero understands that local economies are directly impacted by programs like those found at the Dallas Zoological Park. By investing in the new hippo exhibit, Dondero hopes to foster a new sense of revitalization and education in the Dallas tourism industry that will increase the revenue the industry accumulates. Dondero has previously stated that there is a large responsible that exists among executives to invest in their own local economic systems.