On the Mothers’ Day, Zoo Tampa is celebrating the birth of a highly endangered Eastern bongo. Blitzen gave birth to a girl calf on Saturday, May 1st, at 2:30 a.m. this is the first time a mother gave a birth to a girl calf at Zoo Tampa. The girl calf is almost 2 feet tall and weighs more than 35 pounds.
The new born girl bongo received the neonatal exam by the veterinary staff and they mentioned that she is healthy and thriving. When she is old enough to meet her father, she will introduce to the father Kito and the African habitat family at the zoo.
There is a celebration for every new born animal at Zoo Tampa. But a birth of an endangered species brings hopes. This said by chief zoological officer Dr. Larry Killmar. Wild bongo conservation is progressing, but the endeavor continues to face numerous hurdles. Zoo Tampa has teamed together with zoos all over the world to ensure the survival of this magnificent creature.
The Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan advised the mother and father of the new baby bongo to breed (SSP). Zoo Tempa is an active participation SSPs. They are trying to conserve the present species to future generations.
Bongos are forest-dwelling antelopes, with a glossy chestnut or orange coat, huge ears, eye-catching vertical white stripes, and long horns that spiral as high as three feet. Bongos can weigh 525 and 880 lbs. they have lost their home forests. These bongos hunted by the people century ago.