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Eastern Bongo

 

"The bongo is the world’s largest forest-dwelling antelope species. The eastern subspecies lives in Kenya and less than 250 of these animals remain in the wild. That makes it one of the most threatened species in Africa and it is classified as critically endangered." (Borås Zoo Website)

Borås zoo has an excellent breeding programme for threatened species - and, as this shot shows, has success with the bongo.

 

 

 

Eastern Bongo

 

"The bongo is the world’s largest forest-dwelling antelope species. The eastern subspecies lives in Kenya and less than 250 of these animals remain in the wild. That makes it one of the most threatened species in Africa and it is classified as critically endangered." (Borås Zoo Website)

Borås zoo has an excellent breeding programme for threatened species - and, as this shot shows, has success with the bongo.

 

 

 

comments (15)

  • Martine
  • France
  • 27 Mar 2017, 00:54
Qu'ils sont beaux avec leurs jolies rayures.
Tom Wilson: They are indeed, lovely animals.
I hope they manage to save them... such exotic animals...
Tom Wilson: The zoo is doing a good job with a number of species.
I love those markings! Good luck to them!
Tom Wilson: Fine animals, aren't they?
Lovely animals, Tom, haven't we done well in destroying all this wildlife....:-(
Tom Wilson: The earth would do better without us, Frank!
  • Ray
  • United States
  • 27 Mar 2017, 05:12
Must have taken you ages to place those lines with photoshop, Tom.
Tom Wilson: It's a tricky business indeed, Ray smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 27 Mar 2017, 06:39
Fine looking beasts aren't they but I wonder why nature provided them with those vertical lines?
Tom Wilson: They are indeed - lots of meat, which is why they are endangered, I guess. Presumably the stripes break up the body image in the forest, serving as camouflage??
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 27 Mar 2017, 07:01
They seem to have quite a natural environment
Tom Wilson: It's a huge area - the map gives some idea: http://www.boraszoo.se/en/the-park/zoomap/
Crumbs Tom, 250 does not sound too many. Hopefully one day there will be many more, or at least sufficient to enable them to be removed from the endangered category. I have not seen their like before.
Tom Wilson: They do seem to breed happily in Sweden smile
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 27 Mar 2017, 08:57
The markings are incredible. Can you image the fun that the "designer:" had with these? Zoos do much good work these days to ensure the survival of such species.
Tom Wilson: Lovely beasts, aren't they?
The horns can certainly reach a great length.
Tom Wilson: No doubt a sign of power in the herd smile
They have the most unusual of colour schemes don't they.
Tom Wilson: The certainly do!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 27 Mar 2017, 13:35
They remind somewhat of the Nyala of southern Africa, who is also a forest dweller, but not threatened. They look well fed.
Tom Wilson: All the animals looks healthy and happy - they have lots of space to move around in - the wolves even have a huge chunk of forest smile
That film Expresso Bongo came into my mind. Which has nothing whatsoever to do with this fine snap Tom
Tom Wilson: These would probably be "Slower Bongo" smile
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 27 Mar 2017, 17:53
Those stripes almost look as if they have been painted on.
Tom Wilson: They do, don't they? smile
What splendid looking animals
Tom Wilson: Obviously well-kept!

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