When many of us hear bongo, we probably think about drums. However, bongos are also animals. Bongos are the largest species of African forest-dwelling antelopes, reaching nearly 900 pounds and eight feet in length. They can be found in the forests in West, Central and East Africa. Bongos feed on high-protein vegetation including leaves, herbs, roots, twigs and fruit.
Male bongos are usually solitary, while females form herds of up to 50. Though they are clumsy and short-winded runners, they are great high jumpers. However, they prefer to go under or around obstacles and can disappear quickly in the forests.
Bongos have a bright chestnut to dark brown coat. The shape of the bongos’ horns matches the contour of their backs. When they tilt their horns on their backs, they can run through the densest forest without impediment.
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