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Baby Hippo Delights at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Scott Terrell

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

It has been just five days since the birth of a Nile hippopotamus at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and already the newborn is garnering attention from around the world as guests fall in love with the newest addition to the herd.

For our animal care experts, the calf’s arrival has been a labor of love as they have spent months preparing for the first hippo birth at the park in 13 years. Read more about the birth here. To learn more about hippos, check out

We are delighted to share this short video update of the newborn calf with mom Tuma. The pair are doing well and staying close together as they bond. Guests may see Tuma and her adorable calf on Kilimanjaro Safaris day and night. Guests participating in Wild Africa Trek may also see the hippos.


  • I love this so much!! Hoping to see Tuma and her baby on our trip in February. So sweet and what a wonderful accolade for the beauty of the conservation efforts at the park!

  • What a great video!!!

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