Gorilla and Hippopotamus born this week at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Jul 15, 2021 in "Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail"

Posted: Thursday July 15, 2021 5:07pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney's Animal Kingdom welcomed two baby animals this week just a day apart, with a Nile hippopotamus calf born Monday and a western lowland gorilla following on Tuesday. Both newborns are healthy and under the supervision of Disney's animal care team.

Gorilla mom Azizi gave birth backstage at the theme park Tuesday afternoon and introduced the baby to the entire family troop soon thereafter. The infant may now be seen onstage at Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail. Azizi and the baby’s father Gino, are also parents to the infant's big brother Cory, who was born in 2014.

A Hippopotamus calf was born Monday in the park's Safi River on Kilimanjaro Safaris, joining nine other hippos in the family, or bloat, including mother Tuma and father Henry. 

Disney's animal care team is giving both mothers ample time to nurse and bond with their newborns, with the sex and weight of each new arrival still to be determined.

Both sets of parents were paired through the Species Survival Plan, a program overseen by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The plan ensures responsible breeding of vulnerable or critically endangered species – including Nile Hippopotamuses and western lowland gorillas – to help create healthy, genetically diverse populations for years to come.

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Mike JumboSep 22, 2021

I hate to say this but make way, Fiona. It's Greta's time to shine as the new cutie.

RiderSep 11, 2021

Dear PrudenceSep 10, 2021

I love hippos. They are such sweet looking animals and they're so graceful in the water. Too bad they're literally they most deadly animals in Africa and are fiercely bad tempered. ...doesn't stop me from wanting to hug this baby.

RSoxNo1Sep 05, 2021

dreday3Sep 04, 2021

Gah! Animal Kingdom and everything about it is best. 😍

TikibirdLandSep 04, 2021

That's ADORABLE! That's a great video, I don't care who you are!

DCBakerSep 03, 2021

jeanericuser001Aug 29, 2021

And just in time for disney to release a new plush toy to sell.

Epct82Aug 28, 2021

Very exciting news. Congrats to the proud mother.

JoeCamelAug 28, 2021

They are training their new labor pool

SkywiseAug 28, 2021

I don't think Disney should be teaching these animals to read and write... I've seen how Planet of the Apes turned out! :D

PolynesianPrincessJul 17, 2021

Fiona is the best!! I love watching her videos!

jeanericuser001Jul 17, 2021

That would be one crazy coupling. A frisky silverback trying to get experimental or a male hippo that made a female gorrilla very very nervous. The newborns look very cute and Im sure disney is already getting those mini plushes ready so kids can cry to the parents they want a baby hippo/gorrilla plush toy.