The western or lowland bongo, (Tragelaphus eurycerus eurycerus), is a herbivorous antelope. It is the largest of all forest antelopes. Both sexes are similar in size and both have white markings on their brown coats to help camouflage themselves. Both sexes have spiral horns, very heavy in weight, although the males’ horns are longer.
Bongos are found in dense, tropical forests in Central Africa with isolated populations in Kenya, Angola, Ivory Coast and Mali. They feed on grasses, berries, leaves, cereals, roots and shrubs.
They require salt in the diet and are known to enjoy natural salt licks. They are also known to eat burned wood and experts have thought this behavior to be because of their salt needs.
Taxidermy (Hunting Bongo):
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Facts about the Bongo:
Bongos are near Threatened to extinction
When in distress the bongo emits a bleat
Their average lifespan is 19 years
The bongo is the only species of spiral-horned antelope in which both sexes have horns.