Bongo ‘Maja’ is welcomed to the zoo family with an impressive new enclosure
Did you know that the Eastern bongo is among the rarest animals in the world, with fewer than 150 left in the wild? This makes the arrival of Maja, a beautiful four year old Eastern bongo who arrived at the zoo last month, even more special.
The Eastern Bongo’s endangered status is mainly due to deforestation and poaching, as it is targeted for its sought-after chestnut red and white coats in its African homeland.
More bongo are expected to join Maja soon, in the brand new specially built enclosure which also features a walk through visitor gallery so guests can view the animals even if they choose to venture inside their house that they share with a group of dwarf mongoose.
Lynsey Brenchley, our head keeper said:
We’re keen supporters of several conservation charities including the Bongo Surveillance Project which helps to ensure the future of this amazing species.
But that’s not all – our Bactrian camels and long term residents, James and Genghis, have also received an upgrade to their enclosure, with a brand new house build right next door to Maja. We’re sure they’ll be great neighbours!
The new development is part of our commitment to develop our existing enclosures and we hope our guests enjoy this new area.