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Mountain bongo birth delights zookeepers

Zookeepers are celebrating the birth of a floppy-eared, critically endangered mountain bongo. Staff at Marwell Zoo, Hampshire, said the bongo calf is “doing really well” after being born to mother Canela and father Ituri on Monday.

The animals are a subspecies of the bongo, one of the largest forest antelopes, and it is thought that fewer than 100 of them remain in the wild. The sex of the calf currently remains unknown.

Mountain bongos prefer areas with tall shrubs such as forest edges and areas where the forest has been disturbed, causing new growth. They face a number of threats, including hunting with dogs and loss of habitat.

The species is found in four distinct areas of Kenya where they live in forests and highlands.

By, Maxmiller Kerubo

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