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A Bongo and four Calves

Latin Name Tragelaphus eurycerus
Conservation Status Near Threatened
Location West & Central Africa
Colour Chestnut
Length 1.7 - 2.5 m (5.5 - 8.25 ft)
Tail 45 - 65 cms (18 - 26 inches)
Weight 210 - 405 Kgs (460 - 890 lbs)
Life Expectancy Up to 19 Yrs

Main Characteristics

Bongos are the largest and most distinctive forest antelope. They have a body length between 1.7 and 2.5 m (5.5 - 8.25 ft), a tail length between 45 and 65 cms (18 - 26 inches) and they weigh between 210 and 405 Kgs (460 - 890 lbs).

They have a chestnut coat with 10 - 15 vertical, white stripes along their body, a white chest crescent, cheek spots, nose chevron and leg bands.

They have lyre shaped horns that can grow up to 95 cms (37 inches) in males.


Bongos can be found in west and central Africa. Males are solitary but females form herds of up to 50 individuals.


Bongos are grazers and browsers and feed on a variety of vegetation including grasses, leaves, flowers, twigs, bark, vines, thistles and cereals.


After a gestation period of 9 - 10 months Bongos give birth to a single calf that weighs approximately 19.5 kgs (43 lbs).

Bongos reach sexual maturity between 2 and 2.5 years of age.


Leopards, spotted hyenas, lions, pythons and humans are the main predators of Bongos.


Subspecies of the Bongo are:

Western or Lowland Bongo
(Tragelaphus eurycerus eurycerus)
Conservation Status: Near Threatened

Eastern or Mountain Bongo
(Tragelaphus eurycerus isaaci)
Conservation Status: Critically Endangered

Interesting Facts

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Greater Kudu
Lesser Kudu
Mountain Nyala


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