This post was written by Kendall Thawley & Mary Fields.
The Houston Zoo is proud to introduce the newest member of our bongo herd! Sheldon was born on November 2, 2014 in the late afternoon. He is Penny’s third calf, her second son. This wonderful addition brings our bongo herd up to 3.
We are especially happy about this birth due to the fact that Eastern Bongo (like Penny and Sheldon) are Critically Endangered. It is estimated that less than 140 individuals remain in the wild in small, isolated populations. The forests that they live in are disappearing because of illegal logging activity, and they are facing increasing hunting pressure as the human population in the area grows. The Houston Zoo works with other conservation institutions all over the world to ensure that this species continues to thrive, both in captivity and in the wild.
So the next chance you get, come visit the Houston Zoo to see Sheldon and learn more about the Eastern bongo.