Roger Anis

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Mahmoud El-Afndi

We found Mahmoud El-Afndi inside the hippos’ area behind the cage, with nearly five hippos surrounding him. “Did you know that a hippo killed the famous Pharaoh King Menes of The First Dynasty; although hippos are herbivorous in general, they are brutal and often kill humans too!” Said El-Afndi. El-Afndi has been working at the zoo for about 24 years; he spent only eight of them with the hippos. He does not fear going near them, as the trust between them is mutual, however, as he noted, “Caution is still necessary at all times.”