LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL- Weighing in a 168 pounds, Augustus is the first hippopotamus born at Disney's Animal Kingdom Park in 13 years. Augustus was born January 13.
Nile hippos are a vulnerable species with a declining population in the wild. Augustus' parents, Tuma and Henry, were chosen to breed through the Species Survival Plan (SSP), which is overseen by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). The SSP ensures responsible breeding so there will be healthy and diverse animal populations into the future.
Guests will see Augustus on Kilimanjaro Safaris and also during the Wild Africa Trek experience and be inspired to take action to protect hippos and other at-risk animals in the wild. To learn more about hippos, visit DisneyAnimals.com. He is often seen staying close to his mom, Tuma, and is already winning over Guests with his playful nature.