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Eastern bongo

Tragelaphus eurycerus isaaci

PZ Bongo Arrival ONB 11 20 LR 16
IUCN Conservation Status –
Least Concern
Extinct In The Wild
Class: Mammals
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Bovidae

Paignton Zoo is home to three eastern bongos: male Ali and females Azizi and Ada.

One of the largest forest antelopes, the eastern bongo (also known as the mountain bongo) can today only be found in a remote mountainous area of central Kenya.

They are browsers that eat a range of leaves, plants, grasses and fungi.

Interesting facts!

  • Bongos are often found in small groups of females, led by one dominant male. Both females and males of this species have the large, spiral horns.
  • The beautiful chestnut-red colour coat of the bongo also has white vertical stripes, which are said to help with camouflage.
  • After a gestation period of around 9 months, a female gives birth to a single calf.


There are thought to be fewer than 150 eastern bongo left in the wild today. The biggest threats to them are hunting and the destruction of their habitat.

Our bongos are involved in the EAZA ex-situ breeding programme for this Critically Endangered species.