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Oregon Zoo hippos moving to Texas

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) --- The Oregon Zoo is saying good-bye to two beloved hippos.

Poppy and Bubbles will be moving to Fort Worth Zoo's brand-new African Savanna area. 

Once the hippos move, the Zoo will use money from the 2008 bond measure to expand the habitat for its black rhinos by about 60%.

Senior keeper for the Zoo's African area Laura Weiner said, "So they'll have a larger exhibit which helps them and rhinos are one of the very endangered species, so it's really important to get them into a breeding situation and to have more space gives them more space to do that, and we're really hoping that will happen."

The new hippo facility at the Forth Worth Zoo will give Poppy and Bubbles more room to roam and a first chance to mingle with other hippos. Their new habitat will also feature a filtered river, which will constantly be flowing through their soon-to-be home.

The Zoo is holding a send-off party for the pair called Hippo Happy Hour on Thursday at 5 p.m. The event is 21+ and proceeds benefit the Zoo. 

Get tickets for the event here


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