• Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo names rare pygmy hippo Holly Berry


    Meet Holly Berry! After getting a pygmy hippopotamus for Christmas, Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo and The Hyppo, a gourmet ice pop company with several stores in the Tampa Bay area, partnered on a contest to name the Zoo’s newest baby girl, pygmy hippo. Within a few days, over 1,000 entries were submitted through social media, pygmy adoptions and The Hyppo in Hyde Park Village. 

    “The Hyppo loved partnering with the zoo to host the naming contest for the new baby girl, Holly Berry”, said Jessi Streator, Executive Assistant at The Hyppo Gourmet Ice Pops. "We have always admired the great work of Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo and really enjoyed being intimately involved in the celebration of this rare species.”

    The Zoo revealed the baby girl’s new name and the contest winner in a birthday celebration featuring The Hyppo’s delicious pygmy pops made especially for the newest addition - Watermelon, Honeydew Basil, and Cantaloupe Mint. Pygmy hippos, particularly, mother Zsa Zsa, love melon! The Zoo’s Africa team, who provide daily care to the pygmy hippos, revealed the name one letter at a time. The name was submitted by Jordan Thurmond at the The Hyppo, his family was also on hand for the unveiling.

    The endangered pygmy hippo was born at the Zoo in the early morning on Dec. 1, 2017. Holly Berry currently weighs in at 35 lbs. With less than 40 pygmy hippos in the Species Survival Program, this newborn is a rare gift for the Tampa community. Pygmy hippos, as their name implies, are smaller than their Nile hippo relative.

    “We are thrilled to finally reveal the name of our baby pygmy hippo. It’s been special to have our community so involved in this journey with us. We are excited to share Holly Berry’s milestones and watch her grow,” said Chris Massaro, General Curator at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo. “It was fun to partner up with a beloved local company, such as The Hyppo. The partnership was a perfect fit and we look forward to working together in the future.”

    Guests can see Holly Berry in her habitat in Ituri Forest located in Safari Africa. The Zoo also just launched three special offers for guests to see Holly Berry including offers for active military, first responders and Florida residents.

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