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Thursday, 09 April 2015

Critically Endangered  Bongo Calf Born at Dublin Zoo

As springtime continues to surprise with such brilliant weather, Dublin Zoo is delighted to announce the birth of an eastern bongo calf on the African Plains late last week.  Weighing in at 20kg, the calf was born to first-time mother Nanyuki and father Hodari.

The new arrival brings the bongo herd to four and is a particularly significant birth for the team at Dublin Zoo and the international breeding programme. The species remains critically endangered with possibly less than 100 eastern bongos thought to exist in the wild in a remote area of Kenya.

Team leader at Dublin Zoo, Helen Clarke-Bennett said, “We are delighted to report that we have a fine, healthy bongo calf who is feeding well and has already been introduced to its father. We don’t know the gender of the calf as yet but first-time mum Nanyuki is proving an excellent mother.   She became pregnant on her first mating with Hodari and it’s great to see such a successful outcome”.

Bongos are characterised by a striking reddish brown coat, black and white markings, white-yellow stripes and long and slightly, spiralled horns.  Young calves maybe quite shy and their natural instinct is to take cover as a way to protect themselves, so visitors to Dublin Zoo will need to be patient when trying to spot this latest arrival.

 

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