Disney’s Animal Kingdom Celebrates Hippo Birth

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A Nile hippopotamus was born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. This was the first hippo born at the park in 13 years, marking another success for the dedicated and highly trained team of Walt Disney World animal care experts. The mother hippo, 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. Disney’s Animal Kingdom guests may see Tuma and her calf on Kilimanjaro Safaris and during the Wild Africa Trek experience.



Debra Martin Koma wrote about food, travel and lifestyle issues for a number of local and national publications before she fell in love with Walt Disney World on her first visit — when she was 34! She's returned to her Laughing Place more times than she can count in the ensuing years, and enthusiastically shares her passion with readers of AllEars.Net and AllEars®. Deb also co-authored (along with Deb Wills) PassPorter's Open Mouse for Walt Disney World and the Disney Cruise Line, a travel guide designed for all travelers to Walt Disney World who may require special attention, from special diets to mobility issues.

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