Critically endangered forest antelope born at Jacksonville Zoo

- A forest antelope has been born at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens in Florida.

The Eastern bongo weighed 50 pounds when it was born December 28. 

The "undeniably cute" female calf, named Kori, will be on exhibit in a mixed-species habitat with its parents, 18-year-old Molly and 10-year-old Tambo.

Zoo officials say Kori is an exciting addition to the Zoo and the Bongo Species Survival Plan (SSP), a cooperative breeding program between accredited zoos. 

The baby is mother Molly's first in eight years, the zoo said. Kori also has a half-sister, born to Tambo and mother Sequoia in 2018.

An SSP breeding recommendation brought adult male Tambo to the Zoo in March of 2017 and Kori is his sixth offspring.

According to Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, Eastern bongos are native to the mountains and tropical forests of sub-Saharan Africa and are the largest of the forest antelope.

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