The following information was provided by Zoo Atlanta:
Zoo Atlanta President and CEO Dennis Kelly announced Tuesday that Mzima, a 19 year old female eastern bongo, was euthanized due to age-related declining health. At 19, Mzima was the oldest bongo living in an Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited institution in North America. She was also the second-oldest eastern bongo in captivity worldwide. Born November 6, 1989 at Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas, Mzima arrived at Zoo Atlanta in 2004.
“Our veterinary and animal management team worked diligently to ensure Mzima received the best treatment possible,” said Kelly. “The fact that she was the oldest bongo in North America is a testament to the excellent care she received throughout her life.”
As is the case with all animal deaths, regardless of age, a necropsy will be performed through Zoo Atlanta’s partnership with the Department of Pathology in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia.
Eastern bongos are among the Zoo’s most endangered mammals, with fewer than 500 believed to remain in the wild. Zoo Atlanta is a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) Bongo Species Survival Plan, which seeks to maintain a self-sustaining, genetically diverse population within North American zoos.