Watch Fiona barrel roll in Hippo Cove with mom, Bibi
Fiona weighed just 29 pounds when she was born in January at The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. Today she’s 317 pounds and enjoying playtime with mom, Bibi, in Hippo Cove.
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For the second year in a row, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden has been named the best zoo in America. One of the oldest zoos in the country, the zoo held up its No. 1 ranking on Friday in USA TODAY’s 10Best Readers’ Choice contest.
For the ranking, a panel of experts nominated zoos across the country. The top 10 zoos were then determined by popular vote. The Cincinnati Zoo also earned the No. 2 spot in the 10Best Botanical Garden category.
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“It’s wonderful to be recognized for being a great zoo and a great botanical garden,” Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden director Thane Maynard said in a release. “The Zoo is a special place to Cincinnatians and visitors alike, and we want to thank everyone who voted for us in both categories.”
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The 10Best website noted the Cincinnati Zoo’s Night Hunters and Manatee Springs exhibits, wide range of animals and of course, it being home to America’s favorite hippo, Fiona.
In April, the zoo announced that Fiona’s mother, Bibi, is pregnant with her second child. Bibi is expected to give birth later this summer and the zoo has shared updates throughout her pregnancy on social media.
Last month, the zoo also welcomed a 4-week-old cheetah cub named Rozi.