Zoo Celebrated Birth Of Newborn Eastern Bongo, A Critically Endangered Species

Newborn Eastern Bongo

The birth of a baby is always a celebrating moment, whether it belongs to humans or animals. It also becomes special in the zoo when a new baby animal is born, especially when the animal belongs to an endangered species. Each new birth is a sign of the species’ progress. 

Nowadays, a zoo in Michigan is celebrating the birth of a baby Eastern Bongo, which is one of the critically endangered species. The Potter Park Zoo, Lansing, recently announced the birth of an eastern bongo, who was born at the zoo on March 5 to a mother named Uzuri. This newborn calf is the fifth eastern bongo in the zoo’s history but since 2014 there have been only two calves born including this newborn baby. 

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Newborn Eastern Bongo

The eastern bongo is a forest-dwelling species of antelope that is native to Sub-Saharan Africa. The bongo is binomially known as Tragelaphus Eurycerus. They are distinguished by striking reddish-brown coats and black-and-white markings. 

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The bongos are the third largest antelope in the world. They are listed as critically endangered by IUCN. As per the reports, the major reason for the decline of their population is logging and poaching in the wild. You would be surprised to know that possibly there are only 100 mountain bongos left in the wild. 

Newborn Eastern Bongo

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Both male and female bongos grow their distinct horns which is a rarity in antelope species. They also have incredible hearing abilities. 

As they are highly rare, the birth of this newborn baby caused a wave of happiness in the history of the wild. Potter Park Zoo’s Director of Animal Health Dr. Ronan Eustace stated that Bongo are critically endangered, so each birth is special. The newborn calf appears healthy and the mother has raised calves successfully in the past.”

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Now the number of eastern bongos has become 300 in AZA-accredited zoos in the US, and undoubtedly thorough breeding programs are playing an essential role in preventing their extinction. 

Newborn Eastern Bongo

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The newborn calf has become a sensation for all members of the zoo. She is currently bonding with her mother indoors, and also gaining weight. However, she is behind the scenes right now, but zoo visitors will be able to see her soon. 

All members of the zoo hope that this news will make people aware of this rare species and inspire them to protect the eastern bongo. 

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