Two Missouri hippos make debut at Cincinnati Zoo

3 years 8 months 6 days ago Friday, July 22 2016 Jul 22, 2016 Friday, July 22, 2016 7:01:00 AM CDT July 22, 2016 in News
By: The Associated Press

CINCINNATI (AP) - Two hippos from Missouri zoos made their debut at the Cincinnati Zoo Thursday.

The opening of Hippo Cove, a new $7.5 million exhibit, featured the debut of 24-year-old Henry and 17-year-old Bibi.

Henry came from the Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield. Bibi was most recently at the St. Louis Zoo.

The exhibit consists of a 70,000-gallon pool with a waterfall and a 60-foot glass viewing area allowing visitors up-close views of the two hippos.

The messy nature of hippos was a challenge. Henry and Bibi each weigh more than 3,000 pounds and produce about 50 pounds of waste daily. But zoo officials constructed a 3,600-square-foot building with a water filtration system that captures about 90 percent of the waste by weight.

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