Tanja the hippo is back
The hippopotamus exhibition at Artis is about Tanja, other Artis hippos through the years, and hippos in the wild. Artis was the first zoo in Europe to see a hippo be born and also survive; many of the 73 hippos that lived at Artis were also born there. Tanja was the last Artis hippopotamus; after her death, the zoo chose not to keep these animals.
Another element of the exhibition is the relationship between hippos and humans, and how this relationship is experienced in various cultures. One example is found in African fairy tales, in which hippos play a prominent role. The Artis website features the fairy tale ‘How hippo lost his hair’.