Happy 5th Birthday, Fiona!
January 24, 2022
Cincinnati Zoo invites Fiona fans everywhere to join the virtual celebration
World-famous hippo Fiona turns five today! Since it’s too cold for the beloved queen of the Queen City to be outside on her big day, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden will be hosting a virtual birthday celebration. A $5 birthday gift gets you an invitation to the party.
“It’s hard to believe that it’s been five years since Fiona was born,” said Cincinnati Zoo director and party host Thane Maynard. “She has touched so many people with her story of survival and has become a symbol of hope for millions of people around the world.”
You’ll hear from some of those people during Fiona’s virtual celebration. The party will also include birthday greetings from celebrities, like Johnny Bench and Jane Goodall, and touching stories from members of her care team. And, of course, Fiona will get cake and presents J.
“Fiona’s story tugs at the heartstrings,” said Maynard. “She was born premature and too small to stand to nurse from her mom. The Zoo’s vets and hippo care team stepped in to try to nurse her to health. It was a tough journey. We almost lost her a couple of times, but she made it and eventually rejoined her mom and dad. This 5th birthday is extra special considering her rough start.” (see Fiona’s story for more information)
A link to the virtual birthday party will be sent to all who purchase a $5 birthday gift. The video becomes active at noon, EST, on January 24. People with the link can join the party at noon or view it later.
No on-site birthday activities are planned, since it will be too cold for the hippos to be outside. If you do visit tomorrow, bundle up and save a bundle during Penguin Days!!