- This article refers to a genus of African antelope. For the musical instrument see bongos. For the clown see Bongo the Clown. For the Gabonese President see Omar Bongo
The bongo is a type of antelope that lives in rain forests in Central, East, and West Africa. Its scientific name is Tragelaphus eurycerus, in the subgenus boocerus, which is sometimes made a full genus. The bongo has red-brown fur with a black belly and white stripes on its sides. It has white spots on its cheeks and a ridge of fur along its back. It has large ears and can weigh as much as 900 pounds (400 kg). Both male and female bongos have spiral horns.
Bongos eat an herbivorous diet including bamboo and shrubs. Leopards, spotted hyenas, lions, and humans prey on them; pythons sometimes eat bongo calves.
Bongos are mainly nocturnal and easily startled. Bongo populations have been greatly reduced by hunting and snares, although some bongo refuges exist.