BREC’S Baton Rouge Zoo Announces the Birth of New Animals
April 21 2017
Baton Rouge, La – BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo is thrilled to announce the birth of new animals. “On the eve of Party for the Planet & Earth Day, this is an exciting time at the Zoo. These births showcase the celebration of the diversity of life on this planet and are a ripe opportunity to help educate the public about the critical nature of animals with which we are fortunate to share this planet,” said Phil Frost, Zoo Director.
Today, a female bongo was born to a first-time 3-year-old mother in the Zoo’s Africa loop. The bongo’s gestation period is around 9 months, typically with a single calf. Eastern bongos are classified as critically endangered African Antelopes that are being released into the wild. In 2008, there were less than 200 found in the wild & today there are 168 bongos in 37 AZA Zoos.
Furthermore, on April 12, Golden Lion Tamarin twins were born to a 6-year-old mother in the Zoo’s “Birds of the World” exhibit area. Their genders are still concealed at this time. The tamarins have a 4-month gestation period and are typically kept with their parents until a subsequent birth occurs. This provides an opportunity to learn important parenting skills. The female carries the babies for the first few weeks after birth & the male takes over that task soon thereafter to provide her some relief.
Classified as endangered, there are only about 300 Gold Lion Tamarins located in 72 North American Zoos and around 3,200 remaining in the wild – this up from only 200 in the wild in the 1970’s. It is estimated that approximately one-third of the animals in the wild are decedents of individuals that were in human care.
Friends of the Baton Rouge Zoo has contributed funds to support the release program and conservation projects in the wild for these species for years - $25,000 since 2007.