Profile of a bongo antelope


Bongos are the largest and most spectacular of the African forest antelopes. The main population is in west Africa, however, a much smaller and critically endangered subspecies is found in the mountain forests of Kenya. Bongos are well equipped for a life in the forest - impressive, long, spiralling horns can be used to break branches and a long flexible tongue can grasp leaves with ease. Despite their bold appearance, bongos are shy and reclusive animals that stay out of sight in the cover of the forest during the day.

Scientific name: Tragelaphus eurycerus

Rank: Species

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Map showing the distribution of the Bongo taxa

Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

The Bongo can be found in a number of locations including: Africa. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


The following habitats are found across the Bongo distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.


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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Conservation Status

Near Threatened

  1. EX - Extinct
  2. EW
  3. CR - Threatened
  4. EN - Threatened
  5. VU - Threatened
  6. NT
  7. LC - Least concern

Population trend: Decreasing

Year assessed: 2008

Classified by: IUCN 3.1

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