Did You Know?
Ring-Tails spend more time on the ground than any other Lemur.
The largest of forest antelopes, bongos have a stunning chestnut-color coat with an average of 12-14 narrow white stripes. The animal has two heavy, slightly-spiraled horns that are hollow and made of keratin. Bongos can run quickly and gracefully through thick forest cover. They tilt their head up, which causes their horns to lie flat along their back so that brush doesn’t impede their flight. While western bongos are more common, eastern (or mountain) bongos are critically endangered and only found in one remote region of central Kenya. Bongos require a large amount of fresh food year-round, so they are usually found in forests that provide low-level green vegetation.
Bongos are shy animals and are easily frightened. Adult males usually live alone, while mothers and their young may form small groups. Bongos are mostly nocturnal, but are sometimes active during the day, too.
We have 4 bongos at PPZ; Bella, a female who was born 5 years ago at Virginia Zoological Park, Phoebe, a 4-year-old female on loan from Cincinnati Zoo, a male named Bock who is 10, and our newest bundle of joy, Binti, who was born on July 25, 2013!