THE MOUNTAIN BONGO
The bongo, Tragelaphus eurycerus isaaci , is the largest and heaviest African forest dwelling antelope weighing upto 300kg. 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 sexes 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.
This population is severely fragmented into five isolated sub populations in Aberdare National Park, Mau Eburu National Forest Reserve, Maasai Mau Forest and Mount Kenya Forest Reserve.