NORFOLK, VA: The Zoo is kicking off Spring with two new babies – a bongo calf and porcupette were recently born and can soon been seen on exhibit.
A crested porcupine baby, called a porcupette, was born to parents Wilma and Flapjack on March 26, 2019. This is the second offspring for the parents. Keepers call the baby, a female, Stompers. She weighed just over a pound at birth and is already starting to nibble on solid foods. Mom and baby are expected to be off exhibit in the ZooFarm for another week or so while they bond and the exhibit is babyproofed. Crested porcupines are native to various regions in Africa. The species can grow up to 25 to 32 inches long and weigh from 25 – 32 pounds. There are no major threats to this species.
An Eastern bongo calf, a male, was born to mom Betty on Friday, April 5, 2019. He weighed 48.5 pounds at birth, and is the seventh offspring for mom, Betty and fifth for father, Bob. The calf, who Keepers named Boomer, brings the herd total to eight. Betty and new baby are out on exhibit with the rest of the herd and can be seen in their exhibit in the Africa – Okavango Delta at various times throughout the day, depending on weather conditions and their activity levels. Bongo are large-bodied, relatively short-legged antelope with long spiraling horns that make one complete twist from base to tip. Bongos inhabit lowland forest of Kenya.
The Zoo is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm. Family memberships start at just $129, daily admission is $14.95 for children and $17.95 for adults. Visit virginiazoo.org for more info.
About the Virginia Zoo
The Virginia Zoo, located in Norfolk, Virginia, is home to more than 500 exceptional animals representing over 100 fascinating species. Founded in 1901 and residing on 53 beautifully landscaped acres, the Virginia Zoo has demonstrated a commitment to saving and protecting the world’s wildlife by inspiring a passion for nature and taking conservation action at home and around the world. The Virginia Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and is recognized as a global leader in education, recreation, science, wildlife conservation, and animal care and welfare. For more than a century, the Zoo has connected adults, families and school children with the natural world and its wildlife. To learn more, visit www.virginiazoo.org.