Fritz Venturing Out

Posted August 18, 2022

Visitors may or may not see the little guy as he acclimates to outdoor habitat

Baby hippo Fritz and his mom Bibi have been exploring the outdoor habitat at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s Hippo Cove for the last few days with only staff members present and are now ready for the next step in the introduction process – seeing more people on the other side of the glass! Starting tomorrow, Hippo Cove will remain open when Bibi and Fritz venture out.  They will rotate with Fiona and Tucker for the short term, so visitors may or may not see the baby.  On the bright side, they’ll see Fiona if Fritz isn’t out!

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“Fritz has navigated the deepest part of the pool, and Bibi has demonstrated that she will keep him safe,” said Cincinnati Zoo’s director of animal care Christina Gorsuch.  “They were unphased when staff came to get their first glimpse of the baby and we’re confident that they’re ready for their public debut.”

Fiona and Tucker have seen Fritz from a distance in the indoor habitat, but they are not quite ready to share space.  Fiona will be introduced to Fritz in phases and will eventually join her brother and Bibi.  Once the threesome is stable, Tucker will get to reunite with his bloat!

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Listen to hippo keepers Jenna Wingate and Mark Tewes give the latest news about Fritz on their Zoo Tales podcast.