Baby Hippo Name Announcement

Jan 26, 2023

Thank you to the thousands of people who participated in our baby hippo naming poll. We had 18,963 total votes. We are thrilled to officially announce the winning name for our pygmy hippo calf… Say hello to Petunia!!!

Petunia is confident, brave, and spunky. She gets her energy out by running around and splashing in the water. Now that she is comfortable in the pool, the water level has risen to normal. Each morning when Iris and Petunia are moved into the indoor pool area, Petunia will usually lead the way straight into the water.

Iris and Petunia can be seen every day at Hippo Haven. When Petunia gets a little bigger (and when the weather warms up), they will be let outside in the outdoor habitat.


Hippo Naming Poll Results

1. Petunia: 5,079 votes

2. Dumplin’: 4,070 votes

3. Penelope: 3,615 votes

4. Olive: 3,550 votes

5. Holly: 2,110 votes

6. Gayla: 539 votes


Passionate about Petunia and pygmy hippos? Join our efforts to protect pygmy hippos in the wild.

On May 6, 2023, the zoo will host a Run Wild Races event and proceeds will benefit pygmy hippo conservation efforts. Help protect the native homes of Petunia’s wild counterparts. Participants can join the 1 mile Mini fun run, 5K race around the zoo, or the Wild Ninja obstacle course. More info.