Bertha the world's oldest hippo at the Manila Zoo

Bertha The World’s Oldest Hippo Passes Away at the Manila Zoo

Bertha first started greeting guests at the Manila Zoo when it first opened in 1959.  Bertha was there with her campion Berth, greeting zoo guests at the first Modern Zoo in Asia, which at the time was modeled after the world famous zoos in Los Angeles and San Diego California.

Bertha loved interacting with guests at the Manila Zoo

Bertha loved interacting with guests at the Manila Zoo

Bertha was believed to be 6 0r 7 years old when the zoo opened, and was a delight.   Over the decades Bertha greeted millions of visitors, and always remained a joy to see.

Guests watching Bertha at the Manila Zoo

Guests watching Bertha at the Manila Zoo

We here at ZooNation took a very special interest in Bertha.  Through our partnership with the Zoo Crew Philippines and the Manila Zoo, the team here at ZooNation over the past 6 months have been working very closely with Bertha and her amazing team.

Bertha excitedly awaiting sweet corn from the zoo volunteers at the Manila Zoo

Bertha excitedly awaiting sweet corn from the zoo volunteers at the Manila Zoo

We fell head over heels in love with Bertha.

Bertha awaiting a treat from he volunteers at the Manila Zoo

Bertha awaiting a treat from he volunteers at the Manila Zoo

Bertha was a joy to be around with her meek and gentle personality.

A volunteer working with Bertha at the Manila Zoo

A volunteer working with Bertha at the Manila Zoo

Her friendliness.

Bertha enjoying Sweet Corn from a volunteer at the Manila Zoo

Bertha enjoying Sweet Corn from a volunteer at the Manila Zoo

Her love for sweet corn.

Bertha loved her sweet corn!

Bertha loved her sweet corn!

While Bertha who was age 65 at her death, far outlived hippopotamuses in the wild (normally 30 – 40 years), and in zoological care, she was an important ambassador for her species, who was deeply loved and cared for by the amazing team of zoo keepers, veterinarians, dieticians and volunteers at the Manila Zoo.

Bertha enjoying some watermelon on a hot summer day in Manila

Bertha enjoying some watermelon on a hot summer day in Manila

Bertha was lovingly called “The Queen of the Manila Zoo” because she loved to be gently hand fed and she loved interacting with guests and volunteers.

ZooCrew Volunteer Ken creating food enrichment for Bertha

ZooCrew Volunteer Ken creating food enrichment for Bertha

We here at ZooNation mourn with everyone at the Manila Zoo, and we are grateful for the time we were able to be a part of this incredible animal’s life.

Bertha enjoying a Cabbage from a zoo volunteer.

Bertha enjoying a Cabbage from a zoo volunteer.

Bertha’s long life stands as a testament to the love and care that the animals receive at the Manila Zoo.

Bertha you are forever in our hearts.

Bertha you are forever in our hearts.

All hail the queen.  Bertha we love you.

 




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