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  • Bongo en Zoo Aquarium de Madrid. Zoológico Madrid.
  • Bongo en Zoo Aquarium de Madrid. Zoológico Madrid.

Common name:


Scientific name:

Tragelaphus eurycerus


150 - 220 kg


1,70 - 2,50 metros


En peligro crítico
Critically endangered

Who is it?

It’s said of it that it is the most beautiful and strangest antelope in Africa. It inhabits dense and mountainous forests, as well as the bamboo forests, of the Dark Continent.

The perfect camouflage of its reddish skin, crossed by white lines, ensured it to remain hidden from humankind until 1902.

Both males and females have antlers, though the latter’s are characterised by its fineness and curves. They keep them sharp at all times though rubbing.

What are its habits?

The Bongo lives exclusively the jungle. They organise themselves into small herds of between 6 and 20 head, and they get up at first light to feed. At midday, they withdraw to a safe refuge to ruminate lying down.

The Bongo is herbivorous and it feeds on the leaves and shoots of bushes and climbing plants; it’s a strict grazer. Adult male wander alone, in general, though while breeding they join herds of females.

Did you know...?

Despite having a diurnal lifestyle and habits, it is very difficult to find them by sight. They have wonderful hearing: whenever somebody or something approaches, they immediately disappear among the foliage.

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