Escaped hippo shipped out of sewerage works

12 Jul 2010 Posted by in Environment, News and Events | Comments

An email I received

Hi All

Many of you may have heard about Zorro the escaped hippo at
Strandfontein that came from Rondevlei in late 2008.

After almost two years of trying unsuccessfully to capture him we
finally managed to capture him in the early hours of Monday morning!! (That would be Monday 5th of July Folks)
Needless to say it is a great relief to have captured him.

He has now gone to a new home in Woster called Fairy Glen. We are sure
he is going to be very happy in his new home especially since he has
two females for his own!!


Victoria and the Strandfontein Team

Article below

A young hippo has been shipped out of a Cape Town sewerage works, where he made his home after fleeing a nature reserve where he had clashed with his father, an official said on Tuesday.

The four-year-old nicknamed “Zorro” fled the Rondevlei Nature Reserve outside Cape Town in February 2009 for the lush grass and abundant water of the sewerage waterworks.

Thieves had made off with part of the reserve’s fence, creating an opening for 1 200-kilo Zorro to escape.

Reserve staff put up an electric fence around 22 hectares to contain him around a water pan and baited a capture “boma” enclosure, said Dalton Gibbs of the city’s nature conservation department.

“We found him there at 3:00 (Monday) morning in that capture boma, brought a transfer crate to site, loaded him into the crate and he was in his new home in Worcester by 5:00 in the afternoon.”

The hippo was moved to a private reserve in nearby Worcester.

“The natural cycle is the dominant male will chase out younger males out of the herd,” Gibbs said about the hippo’s escape. “It’s a fairly normal process.”

The semi-aquatic animals are known to be extremely violent and can run faster than a human on land. –

Source: Sapa-AFP, Cape Argus, 06 Jul 2010

Zorro the hippo at the pans in Strandfontein. Photo: Shelley Christians

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