Tragelaphus eurycerus isaaci
Eastern bongo are among the largest of the antelopes reaching heights of 4-5 feet tall. Males, at up to 400kg, are heavier than females, weighing around 200kg. Both male and female bongo have spiral horns which can reach lengths of 3 feet.
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Bongos are browsers and eat leaves, bushes, vines, bark, grass, herbs, fruit and vegetables. The bongo requires salt in its diet and often visits natural salt licks. The average life span for a bongo in captivity is 19 years.
Eastern Bongo are listed as Critically Endangered with less than 100 left in the wild in four separate populations in mountain forests of Kenya. Threats include illegal logging operations and increased hunting. The Aspinall Foundation is involved in efforts to reinforce these tiny wild populations with captive bred animals.