Saturday, April 2, 2016

B is for Bongo: Not the Drum

Bongo Antelope

Far from being a drum, this kind of bongo is the largest and most colorful of the antelope family. Standing a little over four feet tall at the shoulder, they can weigh anywhere from about 500 to 900 pounds. As you can see from the picture they are a beautiful chestnut color and have from 10 to 15 white stripes across their body. Both male and female have long spiraling horns. Females have slightly shorter horns and their coat is a bit lighter.

According to the African Wildlife Foundation, they live in the rain forests of West Africa, the Congo basin, across the Central African Republic and the Sudan. Bongos are pretty shy and are also mostly nocturnal. I read that they get scared easily and can turn and run rather quickly. 

The males are mostly solitary animals, but the females along with their young often form herds for better protection. Mating time is usually between October and January as I read on the a-z animals website.

While reading in Wikipedia I found that they are pretty much vegetarians and they need a lot of salt. They frequent natural salt licks, and they need to have a good supply of water. Their tongues are fairly long which helps them grasp leaves, vines, roots and other vegetation.

They are quite fascinating animals, I'd say! If you want to learn more about them just click on any of the links above.

Thanks for joining me on this second day of the A to Z April Blogging Challenge.

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