The Leander Club in Henley-on-Thames, Great Britain, has launched this unique project: paper maché hippos to help celebrate their 200th year of the Leander Club with 200 stylish hippos being made.

The club invited local organisations, schools and artists to decorate the hippos and the attention was widespread with many people tracking their progress using #Hippo200. The 200 hippos took on many forms and fashions including wearing extravagant hats, decorated in medals and even being placed in jungle-like settings.

The hippos have gone on display at two special evenings at the River and Rowing Museum in Henely-on-Thames and they can currently be viewed at the Leander Club. During the Royal Henley Regatta in July this year, they will be placed all around the city and there will be an online map to show their locations.

hippo200 Leander Boat Club fundraiser for Kafue River & Rowing Centre © FISA


Over the next three months (from 22 May to 16 September) the hippos are available on the Leander Club Auction site and the profits from the auction will go to support the Kafue River & Rowing Centre.

To bid on the hippos, or to learn more about the project, click here.

The Kafue River & Rowing Centre is a project to bring together water conservation research, education and sport. It will provide a neutral meeting place for all stakeholders on the river to seek water-use solutions, together. It will also bring rowing to the local communities and other users of the Centre. For more information, or to donate, click here