Scientific name:

Tragelaphus eurycerus 

 

What makes it special:

Though bongos are initially reddish brown in appearance, the male develops with age, a darker shade of coating almost to a mahogany color. Females have a noticeable brighter colored coat than the male.

 

Recommended caliber:

The recommended caliber for hunting a bongo is a 30-06 mag and a 275 WIN

Bongo antelope hunting - Facts and hunting tips

Its large ears give it excellent hearing capabilities. Both sexes have hollow horns, however the male horns are larger and bulkier than the females, which tends to be thinner and more parallel than their male counterparts. Unlike other types of antelopes, their horns are kept for life, rather than shading annually.

When the bongos are spooked, they leap and run away, they then suddenly stop, standing still and facing away from the danger, they stand there peeping from time to time to look if the danger is still approaching.

Hunting method

Because of its superb hearing abilities, hunting is done on foot rather than by car. Just like hunting any other type of antelope, as a hunter, you should not disturb the hunting area, as the smell of freshly cut twigs or anything out of the ordinary is normally associated with danger.

The typical hunt involves stalking, however a hunter should shoot at the first possible opportunity availed. The bongo is an easily spooked animal and any kind of wrong move means a large distance between you and the kill. For an instant kill shoot at the upper chest area for a straight shot to the heart. Se our great packages of Boongo hunting.

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Appearance

The bongo has short and brown hair along the spine from the rump to the shoulder area.

Both sexes have two spiral and parallel horns. Its face is black with yellow coloration on the cheeks extending to the ears. The forehead is colored with a tawny brown and the lips are white in appearance. The body of the bongo is stripped yellow. The forelimbs are black with white rings near the end of the hooves. The hind legs are reddish brown and the animal is an even toed ungulate.

 

Habitat

They are mainly found in tropical jungles as they prefer dense undergrowth. However in recent times it has also been seen thriving in low level green vegetation with fewer trees, thus they thrive in bamboo forests as well. 

 

Diet

The bongo is an herbivorous animal, its diet consists of grass, tree/ bush leaves, roots, shrubs, fruits, vines and barks. It also consumes burned trees as a way to fill in their salt and mineral needs. As an animal that constantly requires water as part of its diet, it must be near a permanent source of water. 

 

Predators

Its predators include lions, hyenas and leopards

 

Life cycle

Their gestation periods are 285 days, after that weaning occurs for six months. The female reach its sexual maturity at the age of one and a half, while the males reach their sexual maturity one year later. Because there is no set hierarchy or limited hierarchy, the males are able to engage in sexual activity as soon as they mature. 

They can live up to 19 years in captivity.

 

Behavior

The male bongos are extremely anti-social animals preferring to live in solitude. The female on the other hand, forms groups of eight or less as a means of social bonding. Males prefer to avoid each other and they rarely fight. To avoid fights, the males use visual displays, that is; bulging their necks, rolling its eyes, and showing off its horns to its challenger, in the hope that a fight can be avoided. Unlike other antelopes that keep the company of females, the bongo only seeks female during the rut season. The young ones are hidden for a week before being able to join the others, the mother visits giving it time to suckle.

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Animal Facts

Weight

Males: 220-405 kilograms

Females: 150-235 kilograms

 

Shoulder height

Male: 1.3 meters

Female: 1.1 meters

 

Habitat

Tropical jungles and bamboo forests               

 

Diet

Grass, tree/ bush leaves, roots, shrubs, fruits, vines and barks.

 

Predators

Lions, hyenas and leopards

 

Life cycle

They can live up to 19 years in captivity

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