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

18 days ago in "Pangani Forest 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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PolynesianPrincess16 days ago

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

jeanericuser00116 days ago

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.

iowamomof417 days ago

This is so exciting! I can't wait to see them when we go in a few weeks. 🥰

JohnD17 days ago

For some reason, I've started getting updates on Fiona the baby hippo from the Cincinnati Zoo on FB. Well, now AK has some competition.

PrinceCharming61717 days ago

I'm still waiting on the half Gorilla, half Hippo. Gorippo or Hippilla.

Walt d18 days ago

Yes he or she is very tiny

dreday318 days ago

Babies!!! Stay small and sweet until October please! (well, small is relative for a hippo)