BR Zoo announces baby bongo

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South

BATON ROUGE - BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo is excited to announce to arrival of a new female bongo calf.

Born at the Zoo during the early morning hours of Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, the calf, mother and father are now on exhibit and doing well.

The calf represents the third bongo born at the Baton Rouge Zoo. The calf's mother was just brought to the Baton Rouge Zoo in spring 2012 as part of an Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan breeding recommendation.

Native to the lowland forests of Africa, the bongo is threatened by both hunting and habitat loss. The bongo population in the wild has recently declined enough for it to be listed as a Near Threatened species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources Red List.

The bongo is a large and heavy-bodied antelope with a short and glossy chestnut colored coat, patterned with 10 to 15 vertical white stripes. Another notable feature of the bongo are its large horns that can grow to be up to 40 inches long. Bongo calves grow relatively fast and their horns can begin to show by the time they are three to four months old.