Bongo (Eastern)

Bongo (Eastern)

BongoĢ oirthearach

  • Scientific name: Tragelaphus eurycerus isaaci
  • IUCN status: Endangered
  • Habitat: Central Kenya – forests
  • Diet: Herbivore – leaves, shrubs, bushes, rotting bark, grasses, herbs, roots, cereals, fruits

The eastern bongo population has been hunted by humans hunting for meat and horns and habitat loss caused by agriculture and uncontrolled timber felling. These large, beautifully-marked antelopes are now found only in one remote area of Kenya. Their deep chestnut coat is adorned with bright white stripes that help to provide camouflage from predators such as man, leopards, spotted hyenas and lions.

Keeper’s Secret

Unlike most other antelope species, both male and female adult bongo have horns.

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