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'Hippos & Rhinos'
(Various / DVD / NR / 2009 / Animal Planet)

Overview: Enjoy four great Animal Planet shows on one DVD! See unlikely house pets Jessica the Hippo and Tatenda the Rhino and follow wildlife conservationist Saba Douglas Hamilton as she sheds light on the secret of the black rhino. Also, you will see Cleo, Busch Gardens Florida’s most famous hippo, give birth to her first baby!

DVD Verdict: Come on now ... how many of us have ever had a hippo in their actual house?! That said, who amongst us has ever wanted a hippo in their house?! Rather large, clumsy, awkward, sure. But what fun they'd be ... and something to tell your friends for sure!

'Hippos & Rhinos' go way beyond an known documentary that I've seen in that it makes the viewer feel like part of the family ... while watching the aforementioned hippopotamus, Jessica, live daily life with her adoptive human parents.

I mean, it's not as easy as it sounds having Jessica around! One has to learn all the do's and dont's of sharing your household with such an animal. Also, one has to seriously consider the dietary habits of said animal, along with where she feels comfortable relieving herself each day!

Watching 'Hippos & Rhinos' teaches the viewer how wild animals behave whilst giving them a glimpse into the life (in this case) of a hippo named Jessica!

Clear cinematography and pure sound help the viewer feel as if they’re part of the action in this unique household where a hippo sleeps with dogs and receives a nightly massage using aromatherapy!

And the very same can be said of Tatenda the Rhino! Wildlife conservationist Saba Douglas Hamilton directs us through the human jungle here as we get to know Tatenda also in as much detail as possible.

If you love the Animal Planet then you'll already have fallen in love with the incredible 'Meerkat Manor' series. People cannot seem to get enough of the meerkats as they compete to survive in the Kalahari desert. That said, watching this new show and showing kids how they would be able to raise a wild hippo themselves is pricesless. This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the following 4 great shows from Animal Planet:

Jessica the Hippo
There’s a Rhino In My House
Saba and the Rhino’s Secret
That’s My Baby