Critically endangered bongo, Beignet, born at Baton Rouge Zoo

Critically endangered bongo, Beignet, born at Baton Rouge Zoo
Beignet the bongo was born Feb. 24, 2019

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo is happy to announce the birth of a female bongo named Beignet.

The calf was born Feb. 24 to a second-time, 5-year-old mother in the zoo’s Africa loop. Zoo officials say the gestation period for a bongo is about nine months and mothers typically give birth to just one calf.

Beignet the bongo and mom (Source: Derra Leonard, zookeeper)
Beignet the bongo and mom (Source: Derra Leonard, zookeeper) (Source: Derra Leonard)

Eastern bongos are classified as “critically endangered” African Antelopes. It’s estimated there are as few as just 200 left living in the wild.

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