NORFOLK, Va. — The Virginia Zoo posted a sad update Sunday afternoon – Betty, the facility’s oldest Eastern bongo, passed away after being treated for “an acute gastrointestinal illness.”
She was 15 years old, and had been born at the zoo. The Virginia Zoo’s post said she was the dominant female of their bongos, and a mother of eight calves.
This is especially impressive, since this species of African antelope is critically endangered. That means there are fewer Eastern bongos in the wild than there are in captivity.
“Betty was an excellent mother, having birthed eight calves over the years and contributing to the conservation of this critically endangered population,” the zoo wrote.
A spokesperson wrote that Betty would be “dearly missed by her Keepers.”