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Wildlife Wednesday: New Animals Added to

Scott Terrell

by , DVM, DACVP, Director of Animal & Science Operations, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts

Today is National Hippo Day! Hippos are fascinating in their immense size and gracefulness under water. They can spend up to five minutes under water holding their breath. We recently added hippos, giraffe and okapi to the website – a source for fun facts and information about Disney’s conservation efforts.

You can get acquainted with these new species by testing your knowledge below. All the answers can be found on Let us know how well you did in the comments.

Wildlife Wednesday: New animals added to

Adult hippopotamuses weigh between 2,500 and 5,000 pounds (1,134-2,268 kg). How much does the average newborn hippo weigh?
Hippos communicate using a wide variety of vocalizations. What is the name of the most common and distinctive hippo vocalization?
In order to protect their sensitive skin from sunburn, hippos release a thick liquid that acts as sunscreen. What color is this thick liquid?
Giraffes have long necks that help them reach the leaves on tall trees. Even though giraffes have very long necks, they have the same number of vertebrae, or bones, in their necks as humans. How many vertebrae do both giraffes and humans have in their neck?
Giraffes have a tongue that is uniquely adapted to not get sunburned. What color is a giraffe’s tongue?
Newborn giraffes can stand and walk in their first hour of life. How tall is the average newborn giraffe?
Where can you see okapis at Walt Disney World Resort?
Okapis have black and white stripes on their legs, but are not related to zebras. What animals are okapis related to?
Okapis, except for a mother with her calf, typically live alone but will communicate with other okapis. How do okapis communicate?
One of the biggest threats facing giraffes, hippopotamuses and okapis is habitat loss. What can you and your family do to help these animals?