Image: © Potter Park Zoo

Eastern Bongo Calf Born at Potter Park Zoo


The Animal Facts Editorial Team


March 16, 2023 9:53 pm


Potter Park Zoo, Michigan, The United States

Potter Park Zoo have introduced an eastern bongo calf, the second born at the zoo since 2014 and their fifth in zoo history. The female calf was born on March 5th to mother, Uzuri. Keepers report that she is healthy and has been gaining weight.

“Bongo are critically endangered, so each birth is special. The calf appears healthy and the mother has raised calves successfully in the past. ” said Potter Park Zoo’s Director of Animal Health Dr. Ronan Eustace.  

This birth is an important milestone for the eastern bongo population in managed care. With as few as 100 individuals surviving in the mountains of Kenya each individual is precious. Approximately 300 bongo are held in zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) across the nation. This provides a safeguard if this species was to go extinct.

Cynthia Wagner, Potter Park Zoo Director, expressed her excitement for the recent birth of the eastern bongo calf.  


“It is a testament to the dedication and expertise of our team that we can provide such exceptional care for these amazing animals,” she said. 

At present the calf is off display bonding with Uzuri. Keepers will provide updates on social media to when guests can meet the calf. 

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Image: © Potter Park Zoo

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