ORLANDO, Fla. - For the first time in 13 years, Disney’s Animal Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort is celebrating the birth of a Nile hippopotamus at the park.
The calf was born over the weekend, and while the calf is staying close to mom, Tuma, the park’s animal care team is observing the pair giving them plenty of room to nurse and bond.
The birth is a success for the dedicated and highly trained team of Disney animal care experts, because the Nile hippopotamus is a vulnerable species with a declining population.
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.
This birth is an important contribution to the worldwide conservation and understanding of these amazing creatures, and the park hopes that seeing this adorable hippopotamus calf inspires them to take action and learn how they can help protect them in the wild.
The newborn calf’s gender and weight are still not known, but if you were wondering a newborn calf weighs between 60 and 110 pounds.
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