Kingdom : Animalia
                   Class : Mammalia
                Family : Bovidae
 Scientific Name : Tragelaphus eurycerus
                Colour : Orange, Red, Chestnut, 
                                  White, Brown,Black

           Skin Type : Fur
                Size(L) : 1.7m - 2.5m 
                                 (5.5ft - 8.25ft)
                Weight : 150kg - 220kg 
                                 (330lbs - 484lbs) 
          Top Speed : 70km/h (43mph)

           Life Span : 10 - 18 years
Most Distinctive 
              Feature : 10 - 15 white
                                stripes on body
           Fun Fact : Long and heavy
                               spiralled horns!
  1. Bongos are large species of Antelopes found in the African Jungles.
  2. There are 2 subspecies- The Mountain or The Eastern Bongo and the Lowland or The Western Bongo.
  3. They are one of the most distinctive species of Antelopes with long spiral horns (with one or one and a half twists).
  4. They are the largest antelope species to inhabit the forests.
  5. They have around 10-15 vertical white stripes on their chestnut fur and several distinctive marking on their face and chest.
  6. They have an excellent sense of hearing aided by their large ears and have a prehensile tongue.
  7. The males are larger than the females with longer horns, some males grow horns up to 90cm long.
  8. They are nocturnal animals which are hard to spot because of their shy and elusive nature.
  9. Male bongos are solitary coming together with other animals only to breed.
  10. Although the females often form herd with other females and their young ones for protection.
  11. Bongos communicate through sounds like grunts, snorts, moos etc, when in distress or to warn against danger.
  12. The female bongos give birth to a single calf after a 9-month gestation, in dense vegetation to prevent predators.
  13. Bongos are herbivores feeding selectively on leaves, roots, bark and grass.
  14. They have a four chambered ruminating stomach to help the digest and get the maximum nutrition from plant matter.
  15. Their natural predators include leopards, lions and some young bongos are preyed upon by Pythons and Hyenas.
  16. Interestingly, they polish and smoothen their horns by rubbing them on trees.
  17. Due to habitat loss, bongos are a species that are near threatened.

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