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Free the hippo – let circus Krone know that You care about this poor animal!

Poppäa in Circus Krone

We are calling upon circus Krone to retire Poppäa from circus life and to relocate her to a facility where her behavioral needs can be met, and where she can enjoy quality of life for the first time in her life, for the rest of her life.

Long time ago Poppäa III the hippo became a part of the German Circus Krone. She entertained the spectators, was photographed with visitors and amused people for many years. She’s not performing anymore, but still can‘t get the retirement she deserves.

For all of her life Poppäa has been kept in a small enclose in the winter-shelter of Circus Krone during the winter season and travelled through Europe in a small wagon during the summers’ tours.Many years she’s spent without a possibility to meet other individuals of her specie and without a possibility properly express her needs.For four years Poppäa is not travelling together with Circus krone during the summer anymore, as it was forbidden by the state, but even then Circus Krone didn’t try to rehome her.

Four years spent in a dark, not enough ventilated place in a little bath-tub surrounded by such a small place for walking without a possibility to smell fresh air. Four long years without a possibility to go outside and see the daylight, without a possibility to step on the grass! This is the everyday life of hippo Poppäa, the former “circus entertainer”. The place is not properly adapted for animals of this kind.

Circus Krone was asked to let Poppäa be transferred to SanWild Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in South Africa where she would receive all the needed attention in the suited environment. This sanctuary already has experience in rescuing and rehabilitating circus hippos. Unfortunately, all efforts for a better future of Poppäa were ignored.

Your help is needed to urge circus Krone to agree to relocate Poppäa to an appropriate facility where she can finally find peace and enjoy life as a hippopotamus.

Aldo and Tonga enjoy freedom
copyright SanWild

Poppäa III is the hippo from German Circus Krone. She’s not performing anymore, but still can‘t get the retirement she deserves – she cannot go outside and see the day light, she cannot spend time with other animals of her specie. SanWild Wildlife Rehabilitation Center offered a place for Poppäa in South Africa, where she would receive all the needed attention in the suited environment. This sanctuary already has experience in rescuing and rehabilitating circus hippos.

Where cannot be any doubts or questions what is better for the welfare of this animal – freedom or captivity.

Poppäa in circus Krone, 2012

Circus Krone knows about this possibility, but they chose to ignore this kind offer and decided to let this poor animal to suffer alone in circus Krone’s winter shelter, that is no way a suited environment for this kind of animal. Circus Krone does NOT need Poppäa anymore, and there is no reason for her to stay in Germany.

We are asking You to speak for this poor hippo as she cannot speak for herself.
To express Your desire about Poppäa’s freedom, please contact circus krone:

Phone number: 089 / 545 8000
Fax: 089 / 55 04 255 
Emails: info@circus-krone.de
media@circus-krone.de
concerts@circus-krone.de 
Post address: 
Zirkus-Krone-Straße/Marsstrasse 43 
D-80335 München

We strongly believe that one of the ways to help this poor animal is to increase public awareness about her situation. That’s why we are asking to share this information and ways to help Poppäa with other people. We encourage our supporters to contribute to the cause by providing their signature and comments, in support of releasing the hippopotamus from her ignorant owners and transferring her to the sanctuary in South Africa.

Petition can be found at:

Let Poppäa’s dream come true