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Adopt an Animal Hippo

Share our passion for animal care and conservation by adopting an animal from San Antonio Zoo. Some of our animal ambassadors have been making waves in the news and are true fan favorites. Now, you can take one home!

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Timothy the Hippo


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By purchasing below you have selected to pick-up your Adopt an Animal at San Antonio Zoo's front office or the Carousel ticket booth during zoo operating hours. Please visit for zoo operating hours.

Your support will help us continue providing the best care for our animals, contribute to world-class habitats, and enrichment activities. Adopt-an-Animal parents will receive:

  • A certificate of adoption
  • Color 5×7 photo with a personalized bio about the animal
  • Voucher to redeem plush

Timothy is an independent, energetic, young hippo that loves to play with his Grandma, Uma at San Antonio Zoo. If you haven’t heard about Timothy, where have you been?! Timothy has gained fans all across the country because of his love letters to another famous hippo. His letters have raised awareness for hippos and have entranced the nation with this “Hippomance.”

If you didn’t know hippos are the third largest land mammal, and they secrete a natural sunscreen called “blood sweat,” and guess what? They are most closely related to whales and dolphins. For more about Timothy and his romance feel free to follow him on twitter @TimothyTheHippo.

Birthday: April 14, 2015
Favorite treat: Lettuce and cantaloupe
Weight: 2,400 pounds
Fun fact: Hippos don’t swim, they walk underwater
Loves to: Eat and take naps

Conservation status: Vulnerable