‘It’s the circle of life:’ Baby gorilla and hippo are born just one day apart at Disney World’s Animal Kingdom
- Walt Disney World officials announced Thursday that a hippo calf and a baby western lowland gorilla were born just one day apart
- The hippo calf was born on July 12 in Safi River on Kilimanjaro Safaris
- The baby gorilla is now born on July 13th
- Last Monday, he made his Disney World debut on the Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail, presented by OFF! repellent
- The parents were selected to create healthy and genetically diverse populations
- More information about the gender and weight of the babies is coming
The hundreds of visitors returning to Walt Disney World in the wake of the global pandemic get to see not one, but two adorable new additions.
Walt Disney World Officials announced on Thursday that the hippopotamus calf and a baby western lowland gorilla were born just one day apart and have already made their Disney park debut.
The Hippopotamus calf was born to parents Tuma and Henry on July 12 in the Safi River on Kilimanjaro Safaris, Disney World officials announced, joining other family members on the safari. The resort now has a total of 10 hippos, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
A western lowland gorilla was born backstage to mother Azizi and father Gino . on July 13
A Hippopotamus calf was born on July 12 in the Safi River on Kilimanjaro Safaris
The calf was born to Tuma and Henry and has already started sniffing at its mother
Disney World now has a total of 10 hippos in its Animal Kingdom
He’s already started “cuddling mommy and moving through the water like a pro,” Scott Terrell, director of animal and science operations for Disney parks and resorts, wrote in a statement. blog post on Thursday.
The baby gorilla, meanwhile, was born on July 13 to parents Azizi and Gino backstage and was introduced to the larger family shortly after.
He made his Disney World debut on the stage of the Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail presented by OFF! Repulsive, Disney officials said, and is the biological brother of another monkey, Cory, born in 2014.
The baby gorilla can now be seen on the Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail
Disney World officials offer mothers ‘plenty of time to nurse and bond with their newborns’
Both groups of parents were linked through the Species Survives Plan, which is overseen by the Association of Zoo and Aquariums to ensure “responsible breeding of vulnerable or critically endangered species – including hippos and western lowland gorillas – to help create healthy, genetically diverse populations for years to come.’
The babies will be on display in their natural habitat as Disney officials “allow both mothers ample time to nurse and bond with their newborns.”
More information about the sex and weight of the babies is coming, Terrell said.