Tragelaphus eurycerus isaaci
IUCN Status: Critically endangered
The largest and heaviest of the forest antelopes, we are currently home to 2 bongo, Koffi and Jua.
Howletts and The Aspinall Foundation, have donated 10 camera traps to the Bongo Surveillance Project.
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Bongo have brown coats, beautifully marked with 12 to 14 narrow white stripes, providing perfect forest camouflage. The black and white crest running along the spine and lyre-shaped horns are equally distinctive. Eastern bongos are one of the world’s rarest antelopes. They now only occur in small. Fragmented populations in Western Kenya.
Wild mountain bongo populations have suffered huge declines, and are now restricted to a handful of small, isolated populations, all in Kenya.
Field teams from BSP and the Kenya Wildlife Service have already sent in the first photograph taken with the new cameras, of a bongo in the largest remaining population, in the Aberdares. The cameras will now be placed in less well known and remote areas thought to be possibly frequented by bongo, where they will be used to identify potential new populations and groups, their sizes and composition.
The cameras will also help to identify sites with suitable habitat for potential bongo reintroductions.
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