Project Description

(Tragelaphus eurycerus)

The Bongo is the largest and heaviest forest antelope species in the world. There are two subspecies of Bongo: eastern and western. Eastern Bongo, also known as Mountain Bongo, are Critically Endangered due to poaching and habitat loss.

Being forest antelope, Bongo can only be found in rainforests with dense undergrowth across tropical Africa as well as southern Sudan. Bongo are also the most colorful African forest antelope – both males and females have an auburn/chestnut colored coat with 10-15 white stripes running vertically down their sides. Females tend to be more brightly colored than males. Bongo have distinct spiraled, lyre-shaped horns and large ears perfect for sharp hearing.

Bongo are mostly solitary and are non-territorial. Males will only seek out females during mating season.

Fast Facts

Country of Origin: Africa

Weight: 500 - 900 lbs

Size: Up to 50 inches tall at the shoulder

Lifespan: Up to 21 years in captivity

Diet: Bongo are herbivorous browsers that feed on leaves, bushes, grasses, roots, flowers, and fruits. They also require salt in their diet and will visit natural salt licks at night.

Conservation Status: Endangered

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