Learn more about our youngest animals here at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo.
To know her is to love her! The rare (and perfectly precious) pygmy hippo calf, named "Zola" was born November 15, 2012 to second time mother "Zsa Zsa," only the second hippo birth in the Zoo's history (the first occurring in 2008). Births are few in the managed population among institutions accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), with this calf bringing the total number of animals to just 55. Pygmy hippos are extremely rare in the wild, numbering only a few thousand. The name "Zola," an African name meaning "to love," was chosen by the Zoo’s online community with more than 3,100 unique votes cast.
In the last year, she has awed many a guest with her pink cheeks and perfectly precious appearance. In recent weeks, she has transitioned into “little miss independent,” spending her days in the pool or sunbathing on the steps, mostly with mom, Zsa Zsa, and occassionally with dad, Dagwood.