Disney’s Animal Kingdom has announced the birth of a Nile hippopotamus, the first hippo born at the park in 13 years.
The calf was born on Saturday night and has been staying close to mom Tuma. The park’s animal care team is giving Tuma and her calf plenty of room to nurse and bond, so the calf’s gender and weight may not be known for some time. Typically, a newborn calf weighs between 60 and 110 pounds.
According to Disney, this birth marks another success for our dedicated and highly trained team of Disney animal care experts. Tuma and her mate Henry were chosen to breed through the Species Survival Plan (SSP), which is overseen by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The Nile hippopotamus is a vulnerable species with a declining population. This birth is an important contribution to the worldwide conservation and understanding of these amazing creatures. We hope guests will see this adorable hippo calf and be inspired to take action to protect them in the wild.
You can see Tuma and her calf on Kilimanjaro Safaris and also during the Wild Africa Trek experience. If you’d like to learn more about hippos, you can visit DisneyAnimals.com.
Over the summer, Disney’s Animal Kingdom celebrated the birth of two critically endangered Sumatran tiger cubs, the first to be born in the park. Anala and Jeda, who are nearly 4 months old now, will make their debut on the Maharajah Jungle Trek this week. The sister and brother pair will be visible periodically as they acclimate to their new area.
Check out the video below to see these two cuties in action.
Today Disney announced a brand new show featuring Russell and Dug from Disney•Pixar’s “Up” will be coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom in spring 2018.
According to Disney, this new experience will offer guests the chance to see Senior Wilderness Explorer Russell and his furry friend Dug as they discover species of birds from around the world in their newest adventure at the Caravan Theater in Anandapur village. There will be “UP” close encounters each day with amazing winged creatures!
Disney also confirmed Flights of Wonder will be ending with its final showing on December 31, 2017.
Flights of Wonder, the popular bird show which takes place on the Caravan Stage at Disney’s Animal Kingdom may be coming to an end. Online rumors state the show could end as early as December 31, 2017.
Flights of Wonder is entertaining and educational as it introduces you to the fascinating natural behaviors and often humorous talents of at least 20 species of exotic birds. Some birds perform their antics onstage while others swoop over the audience to show off their dramatic wingspan.
An exact reason has not been given for the closure; however rumors indicate a new show could be coming in April for the park’s 20th Anniversary.