Potter Park Zoo welcomed the birth of a female Eastern bongo, a critically endangered antelope-like animal native to central Kenya, as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Program.
“This is a proud moment for Potter Park Zoo, adding to the population of these rare animals,” Sherrie Graham, Executive Director at Potter Park Zoo said. “The Eastern bongos are a species that most would never get to see in the wild, and we are thankful that we can provide those who visit Potter Park Zoo with this unique experience.”
The female bongo was born June 18, 2014 and marks the third bongo calf to be born at Potter Park Zoo in the last three years, and she brings the zoo’s bongo population to five. She joins her mother Phoebe and fellow bongos Binti, Bella, and Bock. Eventually this baby will be placed at another zoo for breeding as determined by the Species Survival Plan.