Scientific Name: Tragelaphus eurycerus isaaci
Found In: Three discontinuous parts of Africa: east, central and west
Size: Bongos can grow 4 to 5 feet tall. The average male weighs 650 lbs and the average female weighs 530 lbs.
Diet: Bongos are herbivorous browsers and feed on tree/bush leaves, bushes, vines, bark and pith of rotting trees, grasses/herbs, and fruits. Bongos require salt in their diet and are known to regularly visit natural salt licks.
Threat Level: Critically Endangered – The major threats to the bongo populations are habitat destruction, poaching and domestic livestock diseases.
Facts: The red pigmentation in the bongo’s coat rubs off quite easily.
Virginia Zoo Bongos: female Charlie; males Blip and Jax