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Eastern bongo born at Zoo Atlanta
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Eastern bongo born at Zoo Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Zoo Atlanta welcomed its newest addition on Friday.

Matilda, a three-year-old eastern bongo, gave birth on Dec. 2. It is the first calf for her and three-year-old male Tambo.

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Known for their deep reddish coats and magnificent curved horns, bongos are the largest African antelopes. However, they are believed to number fewer than 500 in the wild of their native Kenya.

Matilda and Tambo were recommended to breed by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' Species Survival Plan, which seeks to maintain a diverse, self-sustaining population within North American zoos.

"Naturally, we're delighted about any birth here at the zoo, but Matilda's calf also illustrates the role zoos can play in wildlife conservation," said Raymond King, president and CEO of Zoo Atlanta. "This is a species on the brink of extinction. Sharing the hope and joy of a new baby helps us educate our guests about these majestic animals and the need to preserve them in the wild."

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For more information about the Species Survival Plan, visit www.aza.org.

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