Brevard County

Here’s how you can help name Brevard Zoo’s Eastern bongo calf

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — The Brevard Zoo is asking for the community’s help naming its Eastern bongo calf.

Brevard Zoo’s animal care team came up with three herb- and spice-themed names for voters to choose from, inspired by the calf’s mother, Clover.


People can vote for the name of Clover’s first calf to be either Ginger, Sage or Nutmeg.

Each vote costs $5 and all proceeds will be used to cover the cost of animal care at Brevard Zoo. Voting is open until 5 p.m. on Jan. 25. You can click here to participate.

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Zoo officials said Eastern bongos, which are native to Kenya, are critically endangered due to habitat loss and poaching. They said Clover and the calf’s father, Sebastian, were matched by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Eastern Bongo Species Survival Plan, a program that manages the populations of animals within AZA-accredited zoos to ensure they are healthy and genetically diverse.

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The Eastern bongo family, along with other animals, are visible from the zoo’s “Cape to Cairo Express” electric train, which takes guests throughout their expansive habitat.

Photos: Meet the Brevard Zoo’s Eastern bongo calf

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Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson,

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.