Bongo

Bongo Tragelaphus eurycerus (EEP)

ClassMammalia
OrderArtiodactyla
FamilyBovidae
Size1,30m to withers
Weight♂ 250-400kg, ♀ 210-250kg
Gestation9 months
Birth1
Life-span20 years
Diet
herbivorous (leaves, grass)

Habitat
tropical forest

Range
central and western Africa


Bongos are the largest of all African forest antelopes. Mainly active at dawn and dusk, they generally live in groups of 2–8. At the hottest times of day they rest and ruminate deep within the thick tropical forest, making it difficult to observe them.
 
Although they mainly eat leaves, breaking branches with their horns, they regularly head for salt marshes and swampy clearings to procure vegetation that is rich in the minerals vital to their diet.
 
Both males and females have horns, unusually for antelopes of the Tragelaphus genus.
 
This species is classified ‘near-threatened’ on the IUCN Red List because of the constant decline in its numbers due to the destruction of its habit and to the trade in bush meat.




Status in the wild (Source: IUCN)

  • Not evaluated
    NE
  • Data deficient
    DD
  • Least concern
    LC
  • Near threatened
    NT
  • Vulnerable
    VU
  • Endangered
    EN
  •  Critically endangered
    CR
  • Extinct in the wild
    EW
  • Extinct
    EX

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