Werribee Open Range Zoo’s baby hippo is now on public display.
Like all new born babies, the calf will need time to rest and viewings will be subject to change and cancellation.
New mothers are very protective, so Brindabella and her calf have spent the last month in a private, off-display area.
Now that the calf is getting bigger and stronger, they have access to a larger pond, which visitors can view during one of the Zoo’s Safari Tours, which run regularly throughout the day and are included in general admission.
It’s an important step for the pair and this particular pond has been chosen for its smaller size and shallow entry which will help the calf as it learns to navigate deeper water.
Brindabella is also very familiar with this pond, which will make her more comfortable with the transition.
The location of the pond means that the best way to see the calf is on a Safari Tour, which moves past the area at low speed.
Our priority is keeping mother and calf calm and relaxed so we’ll be monitoring them closely to see how they adapt to their surroundings.
The hippo calf will need time to rest and viewings on Safari will be subject to change at short notice.
The weight of the calf is still unknown, but veterinary staff have identified that the calf is a female and she will be named in the coming weeks.
The naming process has yet to be determined.