• Eastern Mountain Bongo

    Tragelaphus eurycerus isaaci

     

    Bongo-Optimized

    • Critically Endangered

    • Kenya

    • Height: 1.5m (5’) at the shoulder
    • Female weight: 528-660 lbs
    • Male weight: 800-900 lbs

    • Dense mountain forest

    • Gestation 9.5 months
    • Calves are usually born in December or January
    • Mothers birth one calf a time

    • Herbs, shrubs, leaf tips, shoots, roots and vines of a wide variety of other plants including bamboo, cassava and sweet potato

    • Both males and females have spiraled shaped horns
    • Known to eat dirt in order to obtain salt
    • They have an insatiable desire for salt and must inhabit areas offering plenty of fresh water
    • They are the largest forest antelope, and almost the size of a small horse
    • In order to maneuver through the dense forests, Bongos tip their chins up and lay their horns close to their backs to prevent them from getting tangled in branches
    • Bongos love to wallow in the mud and polish their horns against tree trunks
    • They are browsers, using their prehensile tongues to strip the leaves off branches
    • They have a callous on their face which helps to keep the branches from hurting their noses and allows them to run through the forest with ease

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