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.
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Poppäa in circus Krone, 2012
Let Poppäa’s dream come true