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Hippo Community Project

To help us celebrate 200 years of Leander Club, we invited local schools, organisations, artists, athletes and the odd celebrity to take part in our Hippo Community Project.

A huge congratulations and ‘thank you’ to everyone who took part.

200 papier mâché hippos have received all sorts of make-overs and many have had their progress published on social media, using the hashtag, #Hippo200.

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Bid for a hippo and support a good cause

All the hippos are listed on our auction site. The monies are going to the Kafue River and Rowing Centre, on the Zambezi in Africa. A great cause involving rowing, clean water and African wildlife.

The auction opens on 22 May and closes at 7pm on Sunday 16 September.

To bid on a hippo, please click on the button below, scroll through the hippos, decide how much you want to bid and place your bid.

Please note that a few hippos are not for sale in the auction – these will be returned to their creators and no doubt, will be used for other good causes!  We have listed them here, as we wanted you to be able to see all the incredible designs and creativity in one place.

Payments will be made via PayPal, which includes credit cards etc. You do not have to have a PayPal account to be able to bid.

You can bid whenever you want, as many times as you like and for as many hippos as you wish. Good luck!

Where can you see the hippos?

All the hippos were displayed at the River and Rowing Museum for two special events. Tuesday 22nd May was by invitation only and Tuesday 29th May which was open to everyone. The hippos were located in the Thames Room, which was free to enter. We will have another public viewing of the hippos but in the meantime, pop in to see what all the artists have been up to in the Main Office window at Leander Club!

Hippos on Tour

The hippos will be popping up all over Henley this summer, as part of the town’s Regatta Window Display Competition. Some of the hippos can be found on the River and Rowing Museum’s heritage trail and a number will be on display at the Henley Festival, the week after Henley Royal Regatta.

We’ve created a map online so you can see where they are located. Why not, plot a course around Henley to hunt down all of the wonderful creations?

The final chance to see all 200 hippos together before the auction closes on 16 September is at Leander Club. Come and see the hippos from 12 – 8pm on Wednesday 12 September. All are welcome, Members and non-Members alike. Please come along and place your bids!

Download the poster for the event here!

Did you know? 5 interesting facts about hippos

The name “hippopotamus” comes from a Greek word “river horse”

It’s been reported that there were once “hippopotamuses in the Thames” – needless to say, that was a long, long time ago!

Hippos have unique skin that needs to be kept wet for a good part of the day

Wild hippos live for around 40 years (and up to 50 years in captivity

Hippos can reach 30 km/h over short distances.





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