|Written by||John Rox|
|Publisher||Edwin H. Morris & Co. Inc.|
"I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas" is a novelty Christmas song popularized in a 1953 recording by 10-year-old Gayla Peevey. The Oklahoma City Zoo used the song as part of a campaign to raise money to purchase a hippo. A baby hippo named Matilda was purchased as a Christmas present for Peevey, who in turn donated it to the zoo.