By Associated Press - Wednesday, August 12, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - The Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield says its popular hippopotamus is being moved to a zoo in Cincinnati.

The Springfield News-Leader reports ( ) that zoo officials say Henry the hippopotamus needs a better living space than the one he’s had at the Dickerson Park Zoo for the last three years.

But Zoo Director Mike Crocker says Henry will remain in Springfield a few months longer than originally expected. He says Cincinnati’s new hippo environment won’t be ready until early summer 2016.

The zoo also says it’s canceling the 2015 edition of its annual Halloween party, Spooktacular, which has seen declining attendance.


Information from: Springfield News-Leader,

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