Disney’s Animal Kingdom Welcomes New Baby
Disney’s Animal Kingdom is celebrating the birth of a Nile hippopotamus. Born January 13th at approximately 10 p.m., the calf is the first hippo born at the park in 13 years. Disney’s animal care team is giving Tuma and her calf plenty of space to bond, so the calf’s gender and weight may not be known for some time.
This birth marks another success for the dedicated and highly trained team of Disney animal care experts. Tuma and her mate Henry were chosen to breed through the Species Survival Plan (SSP), which is overseen by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The Nile hippopotamus is a vulnerable species with a declining population. This birth is an important contribution to the worldwide conservation and understanding of these amazing creatures. We hope guests will see this adorable hippo calf and be inspired to take action to protect them in the wild.
Be on the lookout for Tuma and her calf on Kilimanjaro Safaris and also during the Wild Africa Trek experience at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
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