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Mountain Bongo

Mountain Bongo

DISTRIBUTION AND HABITAT

Africa – middle part of Kenia and Aberdare mountains. Rain forests with dense undergrowth.

BEHAVIOUR

Most active during night, but also at early morning and dusk. Excellent hearing provided by big ears is important adaptation for species inhabiting forested areas. Fair stripes on the back are helping with a camouflage against predators.

DIET

Leaves, shrub bark, grasses, flowers, roots. The demand for salt is supplemented with natural salt licks.

REPRODUCTION

After a pregnancy lasting about 9.5 months, the female gives birth to 1 young, which she hides in the undergrowth and visits them for feeding. After about 1-2 weeks, the offspring joins the herd. In zoo conditions, they can live to be around 19-21 years old.

GOOD TO KNOW

Only about 70-80 adult individuals remained in the natural environment.

  • Latin name: Tragelaphus eurycerus isaaci
  • IUCN Red List – CR (Criticaly Endangered)
  • EEP – European Endangered Species Programme

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