IT’S A GIRL! The Zoo Announces the Birth Of A Bouncing Baby Warthog



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A healthy 1 lb. 8 oz. female baby warthog was born to Joy and Chop, Central Florida Zoo resident warthogs, on April 17th, 2015. Now, weighing over five pounds, the baby is big enough to receive visitors. “She is spunky, adventurous and has taken on a personality that is a bit like her dad. She squeals, squeaks and kicks when she is hungry,” according toPhil Flynn, Central Florida Zoo’s CEO. “She has also been seen throwing temper tantrums when mom isn’t just where she wants her to be during feeding time.”

Joy, who is a first-time mom, is quickly learning to cope and care for her new addition. Joy and her sister Almond, now Auntie Almond, moved to the Central Florida Zoo in the summer of 2013 from the Miami Zoo. “Our newest addition has everything she needs with the exception of a name,” said Flynn.

If you would like to help name her, go to the Central Florida Zoo’s Facebook page, and locate the warthog naming contest post for all the details. To enter the naming contest, you will be asked to submit a photo of yourself in front of the Warthog Habitat. The naming contest ends at midnight on July 15th, 2015.

The winner of the contest will be announced July 22nd and will receive two Zoo T-Shirts; as well as be awarded ‘Keeper’ Adoption Level for the warthog. This includes includes a stuffed animal, a photo of the warthog, keeper notes, two guest passes to the Zoo, and an adoption certificate.

The new baby warthog is also a part of the Adopt an Animal program at the Zoo. For more information about the Adopt an Animal program visit