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Baby Fiona: A Lucky, Little Hippo Jackie Robie

Fiona’s Parents Meet in Cincinnati: Henry and BibiCincinnati’s Newest Residents Not long ago, The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s opened its hippo exhibit on July 21, 2016. The Ohio zoo’s Hippo Cove was flooded with visitors who couldn’t wait to see the new Nile hippos, Bibi and Henry. There haven’t been hippos at the Cincinnati Zoo since 1997. I imagine many Cincinnati residents had never seen hippos up close.Hippopotamus amphibious Hippopotamus is the second largest animal on land after the elephant. They live by water bodies from central to southwest Africa. Hippos spend the most of the day in water or mud to keep their skin moist and bodies cool. When submerged, just their eyes, ears and nostrils stick out of the water so they can still see, hear and smell what’s going on around them. Although hippos spend much of their day in the water, they actually can’t swim at all. They float or walk along the bottom of the water. At night, they come out to munch on grass. Hippos are vegetarians. Hippos can grow up to 10.5 to 11.5 feet long. Males weigh between 3,500 to 7,000 pounds. Females weigh around 3,500 pounds. Hippos can live longer than 45 years. Something I think is really interesting about hippos is that they can open their mouths about three times wider than people can. Hippopotamus amphibious is a species at risk. They are vulnerable to hunters who seek their teeth and their meat. I can understand why hippos are being bred at zoos to keep the species alive and safe.Hippo Cove The Nile hippo exhibit is the last addition to the Zoo’s $34 million Africa exhibit. The exhibit has a special viewing window that’s close to the ground for kids, and it also has a 70,000 gallon pool. That’s a lot of water! The zoo has saved 1 billion gallons of water since 2005 and 100% of the water put into the exhibit will come from rainwater. The hippo exhibit pool holds approximately 11,000 gallons. That’s about 140 bathtubs full of water!. A 400,000-gallon underground detention tank collects rainwater that’s filtered and used to feed the streams, waterfalls and tanks in Africa and other Zoo exhibits like Hippo Cove.Henry and Bibi Henry, a 34-year-old male hippopotamus, came from from Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield, Missouri. Henry has already been a father to many baby hippos, but he had not had a mate for 20 years. Bibi, a 17-year-old female hippopotamus, came from St. Louis Zoo. Bibi’s very first baby was Fiona. Henry and Bibi got along well right from the start. “From the moment he laid eyes on her, Henry was intent on trying to find a path to Bibi,” said Africa head keeper Wendy Rice. Henry and Bibi have received a breeding recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan, and that means they could have baby hippos born and raised at the Cincinnati Zoo. Visiting the Cincinnati Zoo I’d love to visit Hippo Cove and meet Henry, BIbi, and Fiona! The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is located at 3400 Vine St., Cincinnati, Ohio 45220. It ‘s open in January 2 through March 10 from 10am-5pm.

Hello, Henry!Hello, Bibi!

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Click for a video about Hippo Cove, Henry and Bibi's home at the Cincinnati Zoo.

Click to see Henry and Bibi, Fiona's Parents.

Fiona is a baby hippo that was born prematurely at the Cincinnati Zoo. She is a Nile Hippo born at Hippo Cove to parents Henry and Bibi. You might be lucky enough to go to the zoo and meet Fiona and her parents!



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