There is a New Piglet at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

It’s a girl! Disney posted photos of a new baby Babirusas piglet born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The newly named “Kirana” was born to parents Betty and Mentari who were chosen to breed through the Species Survival Plan (SSP) overseen by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

Kirana, which translates to “sunbeam” in Indonesian is a result of the responsible breeding program for endangered species, such as the babirusa pigs and Asha, the Hartmann’s Mountain zebra foal recently born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.   

Babirusas are part of the hog family, native to the swamps and rainforests of the Indonesian Islands. They’re known for their unique snouts and magnificent tusks that can grow up to almost 17 inches! Close relatives of the babirusa also live at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, such as the warthogs on Kilimanjaro Safaris and the KuneKune pigs at Affection Section. 

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