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Wildlife in Serengeti-Park

East African Bongo | Tragelaphus eurycerus ssp. isaaci

The East African Bongo inhabits tropical mountain rainforests in which it is well camouflaged with its brown fur with white stripes from predators. Females live together with their offspring in small groups. Males are loners. In the East African bongo, both sexes carry spiral horns. These do not serve as a defense against predators but are used only in intraspecies battles. Thus, the ranking within a group or the possession of a region by horn battles is determined. Before a fight, the opponents try to intimidate each other by stalking with slow strides, high head and vertically held horns. The horn fight is meant only for the enemy to yield or escape, but not to be injured or killed.

Serengeti-Park animals: East African Bongo

The East African Bongo is classified as an endangered species on the IUCN Red List of Endangered Species (International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources). In 2004, a resettlement project was started in Mount Kenya of European and American zoos, after it was assumed that all animals settled there had disappeared. The biggest threats to the East African bongo are the deforestation of rainforests and hunting with dogs.