The weigh-in session is part of Woodland Park Zoo’s exemplary animal care program to monitor the weights and diets of the zoo’s animals to help ensure their long-term health. The scale is a new acquisition for the hippos and the zookeepers are currently conditioning the pachyderms to walk on the scale and hold still for weights.
Guadalupe arrived at Woodland Park Zoo in 2003 from Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Water Lily was born at Houston Zoo and has been a favorite animal ambassador for visitors since she arrived at the zoo 33 years ago. Visitors can enjoy viewing the hippos at the zoo’s award-winning African Savanna. Other animals in the African Savanna include giraffe, ostrich, oryx and lions.
Hippos live in western, central, eastern and southern parts of Africa, and are one of the most iconographic species on the African savanna. Excellent swimmers, they prefer to amble along the bottom of slow-moving or stagnant water. An adult hippo can stay under water for up to five minutes. Hippopotamuses are listed as a vulnerable species, primarily because humans have excessively hunted hippos for their meat, fat, ivory teeth and hides.
Zoo winter hours through April 30: 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. daily. For more information or to become a zoo member, call 206.548.2500 or 548.2599 (TTY), or visit the zoo’s website at www.zoo.org.