Meet Winnie! Votes name Memphis Zoo's baby hippo

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Memphis Zoo asked for the public's help naming the newest addition to the Zambezi River Hippo Camp. Over 23,000 votes later, the little bundle of joy was named Winnie.

Binti, a Nile hippopotamus, gave birth to the 76-pound baby girl on March 23.

She made her debut on exhibit on April 7. The zoo originally narrowed down the name search to Venus (in honor of the Memphis Zoo's first female hippo), Cleo (short for Cleopatra, Queen of the Nile), Zuri (beautiful),Winnie (happiness), or Asha (lively woman).

Voting took place between April 6 and April 13. Winnie was announced on April 14 via the Zoo's website and social media pages.

Officials said this is a significant birth for the Memphis Zoo since only about 79 hippos are on exhibit throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

"Binti is an extremely attentive mother, and is very protective of her calf," said Farshid Mehrdadfar, Curator of West Zone. "The little lady follows her mom around everywhere, and you can typically find her asleep on Binti's nose or back."

Winnie is her mother Binti's second and first for her father Uzazi. 19-year-old Binti arrived in Memphis in 2013 from Disney's Animal Kingdom. Zoo representatives said her name means "daughter" or "young lady" in Swahili. 16-year-old Uzazi was placed in Memphis in 2016. His name is Swahili for "good parent."

Pictures and videos courtesy of the Memphis Zoo.


Credit: Memphis Zoo
Credit: Memphis Zoo