Bouncing Baby Bongos Born at Belfast Zoo
In recent weeks, the Belfast Zoo has welcomed two new baby Eastern bongos, a critically endangered antelope species.
Eastern bongos are native to the mountain forests of Kenya, and are endangered by hunting and increasing rates of deforestation. The Bongo Surveillance Programme estimates that there could be as few as 75 to140 individuals left in the wild.
Zoos are playing a role in the effort to help the species survive both by breeding calves and with a reintroduction program started in 2004 that reintroduced bongos from zoos across America into the wild.
Since 2005, the Belfast Zoo has bred over 22 calves, including 5 males and 17 females.