Why a Hippopotamus Is Not a Gift For Christmas

We all know that classic Christmas song, “I want a hippopotamus for Christmas” made famous by Gayla Peevey in 1953. Although a fun and playful song, a hippo is not an animal to have as a pet. Per the African Wildlife Foundation, “Hippo populations are threatened by hunting. Hundreds of hippos are shot each year to minimize human-wildlife conflict, despite the fact that ditches or low fences easily deter hippos. It is more likely that the popularity of hippo meat is the reason for this strategy. Hippo fat and ivory tusks are also valuable to humans.”

Humans are pushing hippos out of their habitats and as the human population grows, they encroach on wildlife habitats as they build new settlements, increase agricultural production, and construct new roads. The hippo who once ranged from the Nile Delta to the Cape of Africa it is now is mostly confined to protected areas.

We as humans need to get more involved with foundations such as the African Wildlife Foundation and others, to help spread the word that this endangered species needs help to protect the hippo’s habitat by providing funding and improving infrastructures of parks.

So as you and your child listen to “I want a hippopotamus for Christmas”, you can adopt a hippo through the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). You can choose from various adoption packets which all funds are used in general support of WWF’s efforts around the world. Their most popular adoption kit is their $55 kit which includes:

  • Soft plush version of your adopted animal (for age 3 and up)
  • 5″ x 7″ formal adoption certificate
  • 5″ x 7″ full-color photo of your species
  • Species spotlight card, full of fascinating information about the animal
  • FREE priority shipping
  • Personalized acknowledgment letter to your gift recipient. See sample letter.
Image Credit: WWF

If you provide an email address for the gift recipient, they will also receive a printable, personalized adoption certificate for the species adopted.


Adrielyn Christi

Senior US Fashion Editor and PR for Trend Prive Magazine. Finding the latest and greatest in fashion and to have the ability to share it with the world is truly my passion.