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Name our baby pygmy hippo!

 November 19-29, 2020

Please join us in welcoming one of Franklin Park Zoo's newest additions, a baby male pygmy hippopotamus! The 13-pound calf was born late in the afternoon on October 5 to mom Cleopatra and dad Inocencio. After spending a few weeks bonding behind the scenes, Cleo and her calf recently made their exhibit debut inside the Tropical Forest where guests have delighted in seeing the pair.

We're hoping you'll help us celebrate the pygmy hippo calf's arrival by bidding for a chance to name him or by making a donation in his honor today. All auction proceeds will go to the All for Our Animals Fund to support critical animal care at Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo, including healthy diets and high quality veterinary care.

This birth of this endangered species was a joyous moment marking the culmination of years of work, careful planning and dedication by our animal care and veterinary staff. His arrival was carefully planned and required around the clock monitoring before the calf was eventually hand delivered by our vets. The tiny hippo is the first pygmy hippo born at Zoo New England and has been greeted with immense excitement by the entire Zoo New England team. Click here to read more about this amazing story. 

Zoo New England is proud to participate in the Pygmy Hippopotamus Species Survival Plan, a cooperative, inter-zoo program coordinated nationally through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). These plans help to ensure the survival of selected species in zoos and aquariums, most of which are threatened or endangered, and enhance conservation of these species in the wild. The population managed by the Pygmy Hippo SSP is small and skewed toward females, which makes this birth even more significant. Learn more about pygmy hippos here!

Please note: All names are subject to approval by Zoo New England. Out of respect to those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, names relating to the virus will not be accepted, nor will names with any political association.

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Zoo New England is the nonprofit, 501(c)(3), organization responsible for the operation of Franklin Park Zoo in Boston, MA and Stone Zoo in Stoneham, MA. Both are accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, education, science, and recreation.


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