VIDEO - Meet Augustus, the baby Hippo born at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Feb 22, 2018 in "Kilimanjaro Safaris"

Hippo Birth at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Disney's Animal Kingdom announced today that the baby hippo born last month is named Augustus, and is a boy.

Weighing in at 168 pounds, Augustus is the first hippo born at the park in 13 years. He is often seen staying close to his mom, Tuma.

The birth of Augustus marks another success for the dedicated and highly trained team of animal care experts at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and it is an important contribution to the worldwide conservation and understanding of these amazing creatures. Nile hippos are a vulnerable species with a declining population. Augustus’ parents, Tuma and Henry, were chosen to breed through the Species Survival Plan (SSP), which is overseen by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). The SSP ensures responsible breeding so there will be healthy and diverse animal populations for years to come.

You can see Augustus on Kilimanjaro Safaris and also during the Wild Africa Trek experience.

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Article Posted: Feb 22, 2018 / 7:22pm ET