In a recent video, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden unveiled the name for the newest hippo, a baby boy named Fritz. The Cincinnati Zoo asked the public for name suggestions and received more than 90,000 responses. After narrowing the choices down to Fritz and Ferguson, the zoo chose the latter. Fiona and Tucker are currently being separated from the new calf while they bond with their new mother.
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden has a virtual birthday party planned for tomorrow to celebrate the hippo’s upcoming five-year-old birthday. You can also purchase an invitation for $5 and attend the virtual party. Celebrities and zoo staff will send greetings to the zoo’s website, as well as share touching stories of their work with the hippo. The birthday celebration will start at 6 p.m. ET on Thursday.
The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden announced the birth of a healthy calf on Aug. 3. The mother, named Bibi, is 23 years old and weighed 60 pounds. The zoo is now accepting suggestions for the calf’s name. The zoo is set to reveal the name later this week. If you have an idea for a name, go HERE. After all, Fiona was born six weeks premature.
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden announced in April 2022 that the 23-year-old hippo named Bibi is pregnant with a baby hippo. The birth of the baby is the first hippo to occur in the city in 75 years. Bibi, Fiona’s mother, was on birth control when she was pregnant with her second calf. The new hippo is nearly twice the size of Fiona.
The new baby will be able to see Tucker and Bibi for a couple of weeks, but they will not be visible to the general public. But zoo members can watch the baby’s arrival via a live cam during “key introduction” times – 8:30 AM and 5:30 pm. Members can also access this cam with their virtual memberships. A live hippo cam is another way to observe the new arrival.