A Nile Hippopotamus was born this weekend in Disney's Animal Kingdom! The first calf born there in almost 13 years, the calf is staying close to proud mom Tuma. The gender of the calf is unknown at this time as to allow optimal bonding between mom and baby. Hippo calfs weigh between 60-110 pounds!
According to the Disney Parks Blog:
"This birth marks another success for our 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."
Guests will be able to see the new calf during the Kilimanjaro Safaris ride, only at Disney's Animal Kingdom!