A Bongo has been born

A Bongo has been born

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

In Burgers’ Zoo a bongo has been born. It is the first young of our still young female. The mother is extremely alert and guards her new born sharply. The young bongo has been chipped and vaccinated. It proves to be a male. Mother and young bongo, together with the father, can be seen in the outdoor enclosure where it usually lies quietly at the same place. The mother feeds her young several times per day.

Bongos are African antelopes that live in dense tropical rain forests. When in danger they flee into the dense woods, while they tilt their horns on their neck so they won’t get entangled in the dense undergrowth. Very striking are the ears of the young bongo which are very big in relation to the rest of its body.

Bongo Afbeelding


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People often think penguins mate for life, just like swans do. But one lady in our colony, known as 161, has a very different opinion! She was hatched in 1988 in Baltimore, and arrived in Arnhem in 1989. She quickly mated with a young penguin male called 162, who also came over from Baltimore. Together with him she laid her first egg (interesting fact: it was the first egg in the new colony!) Unfortunately, the egg was unfertilized, but they did hatch a chick from the next egg. Then tragedy struck: male 162 died at a very young age and 161 was left behind all alone. 

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