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  • The Mountain Bongo

    The mountain bongo is a critically endangered species and is only found in Kenya. Their known distribution is restricted to parts of the Aberdare and Mt. Kenya forest east of the Rift Valley and small vulnerable groups in the Mau and Eburu forests west of the Rift Valley

    Bongo Distribution and conservation status

    The specieshasundergone a drastic decline over the past50years,withinferentialdata suggestingthere may befewerthan100individuals remaininginthewild.TheMountain Bongo is onthe vergeofextinction mainlyduetopoaching, disease,and habitat loss and forest degradation.

    Description of Bongo

    The bongo, Tragelaphuseurycerus, is the largest and heaviest African forest dwelling antelope weighingupto300kg. Its colour is bright chestnut red, becoming darker with age and it has 12-14 transverse narrow white stripes on the shoulders, flanks and hind quarters. Both exes have massive spiral horns with lightyellowish tips

    As young males mature they leave the maternal groups and join other smaller male groups, whilst the older males often remain solitary. The females remain in small groups.  Bongos are shy, illusive animals.   They are mostly browsers and are therefore restricted to areas with abundant year round growth of leaves and shoots of shrubs .They are fond of rotting wood and will range widely in their quest for appropriate vegetation.

    Facts about the Mountain Bongo

    Common Name

    Mountain Bongo

    Scientific Name

    Tragelaphuseurycerus

    Size

    Up to 1-3metres standing

    Weight :

    Males:250-450 kgs Female:200-250

    Colour :

    Bright chestnut- Females Dark chestnut-Males

    Life Span:

    Up to 14 years recorded in captivity

    Habitat:

    Habitat Dense forest

    Gestation

    9 months

    Status:

    Critically endangered

    Diet :

    Leaves, shoots, creepers,shrubs, Horns both males and females