The press and public are invited to join the Zoo in celebrating the debut of the Bongo calf on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. in the African Realm near the Overlook Café.
Bongos (Tragelaphus eurycerus) are large, heavy-bodied antelope with short and glossy, orange or chestnut colored coats that is darker on the underside and patterned with vertical white stripes are found inhabiting the dense forests of Eastern, Western and Central Africa. They are the largest forest-dwelling antelope species and one of the most distinctive, with long horns that spiral as high as 35 inches in males. Bongos are herbivorous mammals, meaning they only feed on plants roots, bard and grasses and generally eat under the cover of night to keep them safe from predators. Although they tend to be most active between dusk and dawn, Bongos are known to occasionally browse during the day but will never leave the dense vegetation that surrounds them. To help them to cool down in the heat, Bongos wallow in mud which they then rub onto a tree as a way of polishing their smooth and heavy horns.
The Bongos are on display in the African Realm every other day depending on weather conditions and animal husbandry needs.
About the Montgomery Zoo & Mann Wildlife Learning Museum
The Montgomery Zoo and Mann Wildlife Learning Museum is a 42-acre zoological facility located minutes from the heart of historic, downtown Montgomery. The Montgomery Zoo features five continental realms housing over 500 species of animals from Africa, Asia, Australia, North America and South America. Adjacent to the Zoo is the Mann Wildlife Learning Museum, housing the one of the Southeast’s largest collections of preserved North American wildlife and artifacts.
The Montgomery Zoo and Mann Wildlife Learning Museum is open daily from 9am-5:30pm with the last ticket being sold at 4pm. Animal exhibits begin closing at 4:30pm. Discount combo admission to the Zoo and Mann Museum is Adults $20, Children (3-12 years) $15, and Toddlers (2 years and under) Free. Regular admission to the Zoo only is Adults $15, Children (3-12 years) $11, and Toddlers (2 years and under) Free.
The Montgomery Zoo is a Department of the City of Montgomery, Alabama