Did You Know?
A female lemur carries her newborn to a new nest site in her mouth.
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 5 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, Beauregard who is 1, and our newest, unnamed bundle of joy who was born on July 25, 2013! PPZ wants your help in naming our newest addition! Tweet and post your suggestions on our Facebook page and PPZ will consider your names when naming our new baby!