Another 2008 baby bongo! A fine strong young male was born to the Conservancy’s dam “Liz” bringing the total number to 52.
I won’t bore you with another picture. Its just so exiting, we are barely in the second month and have 3 healthy baby bongos already. The odd bit is: they are all males.
They will be a rare and handsome trio carrying within them insurance for the future of the elusive mountain bongo.
You can now adopt your very own bongo online with a one click donation. For a little more you may even name your own bongo. Just imagine a wild bongo on majestic Mount Kenya carrying your name! Click here to make the world’s greatest gift to yourself and your loved ones and watch a little bongo grow in the safety of your sponsorship.
No doubt the trio will form an outstanding group of age mates before they split up to pursue what nature demands:
Cherchez la femme!!
But will all three succeed? There are only so many females to go around. How can we produce more “girls”? Haven’t got that figured yet!! Maybe Dr. Betsy Dresser can help out. Betsy is the leading scientist of the Audubon Society‘s CREW (Center for Reproduction of Endangered Wildlife). She is also a long time friend and supporter who has worked with us on bongo embryo transplants. She and her team actually managed to harvest a viable bongo embryo and transplant it into an eland antelope host mother who gave birth to a healthy baby bongo after the normal gestation period.
Scientists claim this technology is the answer to future prevention of extinction of species. Already Dr. Dresser has a “frozen zoo” to prevent extinction of some of the most endangered animals. Betsy tells us much research remains to be done to perfect the method of multiplication by way of embryo transplants into host mothers of more common species. Meanwhile, well, we’ll just have to revert and rely on the “old fashioned way.”
Which is of course is what makes the work of the Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy more important now than ever!
Despite all that you may have read and seen on TV, the recent political unrest in Kenya has left our area untouched. All is peaceful. But we desperately need your support as we see very few visitors, most have been frightened away by distorted media coverage and well-intentioned travel warnings.
In fact the few tourists that are actually touring the country at this moment tell us that they found everything along their route to be tranquil and the people wonderful in their plight to please the few visitors we get. They report, that the game parks feel like true wilderness, you barely see another vehicle. This then my friends is the time to come and see this wondrous country.
The animals too are enjoying this total privacy. One couple told me that they saw a pack of 12 hyenas hunting and actually attacking an elephant!! So this is the only kind of close combat you can expect in Kenya’s wilderness. It sounds so fabulous, so like it was in the “old days,” when tourists were scarce. More folks than ever before manage to photograph the big five: elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion, and leopard.
For the rarest, seldom seen animals such as the bongo, suni, caracal, white zebra, and more, you can always visit us at the Conservancy.
Quite obviously, this is the time to come and experience what this country really has to offer.
See you here soon I hope!