Lifestyle Pets Colorado Zoo Welcomes First Baby Hippo in 32 Years The healthy calf was born to 28-year-old mom Zambezi on July 20 — and the big moment was caught on camera By Kate Hogan Kate Hogan Instagram Twitter Kate Hogan is Director of Digital Specials and Features at PEOPLE. In her 14 years at the brand, she has covered everything from pets and babies to style and Sexiest Man Alive, interviewing celebrities including Céline Dion, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson and Chris Evans. Currently, she oversees the creation of photo galleries that complement breaking news and major PEOPLE moments like The Beautiful Issue and 100 Reasons to Love America. She has offered expert celebrity commentary on Good Morning America and Access Hollywood. Before joining PEOPLE in 2008, Kate was an editorial assistant at Morris Visitor Publications. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication and resides outside of Chicago with her husband and three kids. People Editorial Guidelines Published on July 22, 2021 11:14 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: cheyenne mountain zoo Oh, baby! On July 20, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo's Nile hippopotamus Zambezi welcomed her first calf. The birth was actually captured on camera (warning: there is some blood in the clip below), showing the moments the baby hippo "popped up from underwater, bobbed up and down and swam right over to meet its mom," zoo staff wrote in a blog post. "It was an incredible moment to see this beautiful baby join our family," said Philip Waugh, lead keeper at Water's Edge: Africa. "Zambezi's a first-time mom, but she knew just what to do. As soon as she delivered the calf, she turned around to greet it and started helping it to shallow water. I'm so proud of her." Mom, 28, and baby are savoring some quiet bonding time now, though soon the hippo building at the Colorado Springs-based zoo will open to visitors hoping to catch a glimpse of the little one. The calf — whose sex, vitals and name are yet to be announced — is the first hippo born at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in 32 years. Staff estimates the animal weighs between 40 and 80 lbs., typical of a newborn, and they plan to name it on its 1-month birthday. Nile hippos are currently listed as "vulnerable" to extinction in the wild, so the birth is extra meaningful to the species. Zambezi first came to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in 1993 from the Denver Zoo, and mated with 18-year-old Biko last year. In addition to their baby, they share their habitat with Zambezi's sister, Kasai.