Augustus the Hippo Celebrates 1st Birthday at Animal Kingdom

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Augustus the Hippo Celebrates 1st Birthday at Animal Kingdom

Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you! Baby Augustus is one year old!  Augustus’ 1st birthday was celebrated in style, as the keepers made a sweet popsicle cake featuring some of his favorite hearty food items his hippo family to share.

Lindsay Wick, Augustus primary caretaker since his birth said this about the bundle of joys growth so far: “Augustus has had a momentous first year in which he has grown from about 80 pounds to more than 800 pounds – that is 10 times his birth weight! He is right on track for a young hippo who could grow up to 3,000 pounds.”

“Guests continue to enjoy watching Augustus play and explore his habitat on the Kilimanjaro Safaris attraction where he can often be found splashing around in the river with his mom Tuma and the rest of his hippo family. The Nile hippopotamus is a vulnerable species with a declining population. What is important about Augustus’ birth is that his parents were chosen to breed through the Species Survival Plan (SSP), which is overseen by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. His birth was a huge success for our team of keepers at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and an important contribution to the worldwide conservation and understanding of these amazing creatures.”-Lindsay Wick Animal Kingdom Nutrition Team

To celebrate his big day Disney shared this adorable video of him!

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