Bongo (antelope)

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Western/Lowland Bongo
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Bovidae
Subfamily: Bovinae
Genus: Tragelaphus
Species: T. eurycerus
Binomial name
Tragelaphus eurycerus
Ogilby, 1837

The Bongo (tragelaphus eurycerus) is a nocturnal antelope. It has two subspecies: the western or lowland bongo, and the eastern or mountain bongo. The western bongo is near threatened and the mountain bongo is critically endangered. Bongos eat plants. They live in forests in Africa. Kenya is the only place eastern bongos live in the wild. Like the west African giraffe, the eastern or mountain bongo is one of the most threatened animals in Africa. Bongos live in both captivity and the wild.

As bongos grow their horns appear. Both male and female bongos have horns.

References[change | change source]

  1. IUCN SSC Antelope Specialist Group (2008). Tragelaphus eurycerus. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2008. Retrieved on 29 March 2009. Database entry includes a brief justification of why this species is of near threatened.