The Dallas Zoo was once known for being the home of Papa the hippo, the zoo’s last living hippo who died in 2002 and marked the end of the hippo enclosure at the zoo; however, Highland Capital Management’s James Dondero has worked hard to ensure the people of Dallas who choose to visit the zoo have the chance to see live hippo’s in a brand new enclosure paid for in part by the investment specialist. Dondero himself has donated around $1 million in funding for the $14 million hippo enclosure and completed a sponsorship deal for the Highland Capital Management “Lodge” that will host events to help raise funds for the zoo.
James Dondero has become one of the most famous philanthropists in Dallas and spends a large amount of his time outside his working hours developing philanthropic efforts, such as the Dallas Zoo hippo enclosure. The enclosure itself is a state of the art facility that allows the hippos living within the chance to enjoy a happy and varied life while at the zoo; the centerpiece of the Dallas Zoo hippo enclosure will be the 120,000 gallon African water zone that includes an underground viewing area that will provide a unique view of each hippo as they swim.
James Dondero is one of the most sought after investment specialists in the U.S. who holds a number of positions with a series of key board level roles, including those with companies as varied as American Banknote and MGM Studios. After completing his studies at the University of Virginia, Dondero began working as an investment specialist who achieved great success at Protective Life and American Express.
After establishing Highland Capital Management in 1993, James Dondero set out on a series of investments that included the development of Nexbank and Cornerstone Healthcare. Mr. Dondero has been given many awards for his work in both the healthcare and investment fields over the course of the last three decades.