Taronga Western Plains Zoo announced on June 8 the arrival of a baby hippo calf, born on May 25 to mother Cuddles and father Mana.
The female calf is the second for Cuddles and Mana. Their first calf, female Kibibi, now almost three, was born in September 2014.
Visitors to the zoo can already see the baby calf on display during Cuddles’ feeding times in the morning and late afternoon. Best viewing times are during the Zoo’s Hippo Keeper Talk at 11.20am daily.
Taronga Western Plains Zoo plays a key role in the breeding program for this species, as home to the region’s two breeding bulls.