Bongos are timid forest antelopes from West, Central and East Africa. We have eastern bongo at Dickerson Park Zoo. According to the International Bongo Foundation's website, the Antelope Specialist Group has suggested that the eastern bongo population in human care may be equal to or exceed the wild population.
Bongos are chestnut-colored with vertical white or cream stripes. This coloring likely helps as camoflauge in the forest. They are the largest and heaviest forest antelope and can run well through the forest undergrowth if threatened.
Bongos are unique among the Tragelaphus genus in that both males (bulls) and females (cows) have horns. This animal genus also includes greater and lesser kudus, bushbucks, nayalas and elands.
Next week, Tuesday Trivia goes on vacation for the Fourth of July holiday. Join us again for the fun on July 10!
Congratulations to Janna White from Mt. Vernon, whose name was randomly drawn from those submitting the correct answer this week!