Hippo Mojo Adopts a Hippo at the Philadelphia Zoo

One of the things we decided early on when we were brainstorming about starting up Hippo Mojo was that we wanted to donate a percentage of our profits to charity, specifically to an organization that helps hippos, whether in the wild or in captivity. We had no idea how much to donate but we Googled around a little and found out that companies donate anywhere from 1 to 5 percent of their gross profit or net profit. We decided to play it safe initially and commit 1 percent of our net profit to charity. Well, unfortunately, last year was a tough year to start a business, what with it being the “worst recession since the Great Depression” as the media likes to put it, and we made no profits. In fact, we lost money. Most of our cash went into purchasing inventory and, of course, there were other start-up fees. (That’s okay – we are in this business for the long haul!) So are we off the hook for donating money for 2008? No way! Hippos need our help. So we decided to start in our local area and participate in the Philadelphia Zoo’s adopt an animal program. There was a long list of animals to choose from, but obviously we chose the hippo – duh! We decided to give $100 because that was a nice solid amount and that’s how much we had in our checking account. 🙂 (I am so not kidding!)

The Philadelphia Zoo has two hippos: Unna and Cindy. I have actually been there to see them, but it was a hot August day, and they did not come out of the water to greet us. Harrumph. Well, even if the girls were indifferent or ungrateful, the zoo is not. We got a nice thank you letter and an official adoption certificate (below).

Philadelphia Zoo Hippo Adoption Certificate

Philadelphia Zoo Hippo Adoption Certificate

The zoo gives you lots of nice benefits when you adopt an animal, including a 4 x 6 color photo of your animal; an Animal Fact Sheet; Philadelphia Zoo email newsletters; an invitation for two to ADOPT Day (includes admission to the Philadelphia Zoo) and more. I can’t wait for the ADOPT Day, which is held the first Saturday in October and includes special keeper talks, animal feedings, and behind the scenes tours. Maybe they’ll let us touch the hippos! Okay, probably not – that would be CRAZY! Anyway, should be fun.

Over this coming year, I’ll be compiling a list of organizations that help hippos and I’ll post it here when it’s done. If you can help me with this list, please send an email or post a comment. We’d love to hear from you!


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  1. Anthony V. says:

    I thought I wasnt going to like this blog but more I read the more I liked it.