Disney's Animal Kingdom first newborn hippo in 13 years is a boy

Today, February 21, 2018, Walt Disney World Resort revealed news about a baby Nile hippopotamus born last month at DisneyÕs Animal Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. As part of a magical moment on Kilimanjaro Safaris, roughly a dozen guests were the first to learn the hippo calf is a boy and his name is Augustus. Weighing in at about 168 pounds, Augustus is the first hippo born at the park in 13 years. He is often seen staying close to his mom Tuma and is already winning over guests on Kilimanjaro Safaris and during the Wild Africa Trek experience at DisneyÕs Animal Kingdom. (David Roark, photographer)

Disney's Animal Kingdom first newborn hippo in 13 years is a boy

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Disney's Animal Kingdom first newborn hippo in 13 years is a boy

Editor’s Note: This story originally published on Jan. 17, 2018. An update was added on Feb. 23, 2018.


The cutest little nugget of a hippo was born this January at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Florida at Walt Disney World, and I am picking my jaw off the floor.

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The Nile hippo loves its mama, Tuma, and apparently isn’t leaving her side, so the park didn’t know its weight or gender for awhile. Somewhere between 60 and 110 pounds would be normal, Scott Terrell said on the Disney Parks blog.

Meet Augustus: the new baby hippo

In February, however, the park revealed the gender on its social-media accounts. The baby hippo is a boy named Augustus.

“The Nile hippopotamus is a vulnerable species with a declining population,” he said.


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Tuma and another hippo, Henry, were bred under the supervision of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. This hippo was the first in 13 years to be born at the park.

“This birth is an important contribution to the worldwide conservation and understanding of these amazing creatures,” Terrell said.

A Nile hippopotamus was born at Disney's Animal Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. This was the first hippo born at the park in 13 years, marking another success for the dedicated and highly trained team of Walt Disney World animal care experts. The mother hippo, 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. Disney's Animal Kingdom guests may see Tuma and her calf on Kilimanjaro Safaris and during the Wild Africa Trek experience.

Credit: David Roark, photographer

Tuma and the baby are currently chillin’ on Kilimangaro Safaris in the Animal Kingdom. Check them out at the Wild Africa Trek Experience.

Now I just want more photos of this baby so we can compare it to Fiona, because she’s pretty dang cute, too. And, she turned 1 this week!

WATCH: Baby hippo born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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