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Hippo “Gus” From Disney’s Animal Kingdom Joins the Dallas Zoo

Back in February 2018, a baby boy hippo was born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Disney Cast Members named the sweet boy Augustus or “Gus” for short. Now, we’re learning Gus has joined a new family at the Dallas Zoo to help with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan.

 

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As shared on the Dallas Zoo Facebook page:

“HUGE HIPPO NEWS: There’s a new man in town! Augustus (“Gus” for short), joins our bloat (yes, that’s the term for a group of hippos!) from Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park on a breeding recommendation from The Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan — he’s been matched with both of our girls, Boipelo and Adanna. At 3 years old, Gus is still a growing boy. In fact, he’s gained 44 kg (almost 100 pounds) since he arrived just over one month ago! This means it will be a few years before he’s ready to become a dad, but we’re thrilled to be able to continue growing the hippo population in AZA zoos as a safeguard against extinction. He recently cleared his 30-day quarantine and is still getting settled in his new space, so it may be a while before you get to meet him in person (you know we’ll keep you updated!). Our zoologists say that Gus is a sweet, shy hippo. His favorite foods are coastal hay and watermelon, and he enjoys interacting with his enrichment items, particularly his giant tipsy tom. Welcome, Gus!”

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Take a look back to February 2018 when Disney announced the arrival of Gus:

We’ll miss Gus at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, but so happy he found a new home to help with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan!

About Jamie Sylvester

I'm a Disney nerd! A kid at heart who loves the magic and memories of Walt Disney World. I follow all things Disney and enjoy the vacations, day trips, and weekend getaways, and geek out over the planning of such events. My goal is to experience as many Disney desserts and cocktails as possible! Married to another Disney nerd and blessed with a daughter and son, we thoroughly enjoy the magic at Disney and are here to help others experience the magic as well.