The chestnut red and white striped coat of the bongo helps it to camouflage with the undergrowth and shadows of the forests they live in. Female bongos tend to live in groups of 6-8 individuals, whereas males are primarily solitary, only forming groups during breeding season. Both male and female bongos have horns that intertwine and grow backwards, that way they are not in the way when the bongos run through the dense forest growth. Bongos are primarily nocturnal, but will feed throughout the day.


Tragelaphus eurycerus isaaci

Habitat: Dense tropical forests throughout Central Africa

Diet in the wild: Mainly the tips, shoots, and trailers of plants; also roots, bamboo, leaves, cassava, sweet potato leaves

Diet at Caldwell Zoo: Alfalfa hay, sweet feed, Caldwell Zoo pellets, mineral block

Size: Stand 3.5 to 4 ft. tall

Family: The calves lie in hiding for about a week after birth, the mother comes for short visits so the calf can nurse.

Status: Near Threatened

Did you know? The Zande tribe in Africa thought that eating bongo meat or touching a bongo would cause leprosy.

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