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Eastern Bongo

Zoo Location: Forest
Eastern Bongo
Habitat

Dense lowland forest and bamboo thickets.

Wild Diet

Bamboo, leaves, herbaceous plants, various creepers and fungi.

Behaviour

Bongos are often found in small groups of females, led by one dominant male. They are secretive animals, leaving the bamboo thickets at night, to search for food, returning before daylight.

Breeding

A single youngster is born after a gestation of 284 days (9.5 months).

Threats

Habitat destruction and poaching for meat and their hide.

Conservation

International studbook is held at Los Angeles Zoo. There is co-operative management of the population in European zoos.

Eastern Bongo

INFORMATION

  • Latin Name: Tragelaphus eurycerus
  • Class: Mammals
  • Order: Artiodactyla
  • Family: Bovidae
  • Conservation status: Critically Endangered
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