The next time you make a visit to Summerfield Zoo in Belvidere you'll see their new furry addition. A baby spotted hyena has been added to the menagerie of animals. 

Summerfield Zoo told WREX that the baby spotted hyena is named Bonzai and they will be holding a special celebration next weekend, May 20th -21st.

Bonzai once he's older is going to be part of their hyena breeding program as a mate for the zoo's female hyena, Shenzee.

The spotted hyena, also known as the laughing hyena, is from the Sub-Saharan Africa and their population has been declining from habitat loss. Programs like the one at Summerfield Zoo is helping to grow and protect the species while providing educational resource.

To learn more about Summefield Zoo or to start planning your family outings, click here for zoo hours and details.





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