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Bongo Itch

Bongo Itch
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-08
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Florida
Theme(s): African Rare Antelope 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-04-30 3:30
Viewed: 4400
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Tragelaphus euryceros

LOCATION: Kenya and Western Africa
HABITAT: Lowland and mountain forests
SIZE: 44-54 inches, 470-900 pounds
GESTATION PERIOD: 9 months, giving birth to one calf
LIFESPAN: Up to 19 years
DIET: Leaves, flowers, garden produce, twigs

Rich, chestnut color coat. Ten to fifteen white-yellow vertical torso stripes. Both sexes have lyre-shaped horns.


The bongo is the only Tragelaphid in which both the male and female have horns. Among the various species of antelope in the African Equatorial forrest, Bongos are the largest. They are the only forest antelope to form herds. Bongos are extremely shy, making accurate population estimation difficult.

Bongos are an extremely elusive species. The bulk of information gathered on the Bongo Antelope typically comes from studies requiring captivity . It is known, however, that the Bongo must inhabit close to dense vegetation. Because of this dependency on thick vegetation, destruction of the Bongo habitat is an increasing threat.

The Bongo has a highly advanced social organization. Males tend to be partially solitary, however, females and juveniles typically coexist. Dominance behavior can be observed in multi-male interactions. They possess a wide range of vocalizations. Bongos snort, grunt, moo, and bellow out a "bleat-like" alarm call.

Bongos have a prehensile tongue, making for a helpful feeding apparatus. They also are known to feed on wood that has been burned after lightning storms. This unique behavior may indicate that the Bongo uses the burned wood as a source of salt or minerals.

After birth, calves are temporarily abandoned in the undergrowth by the mother. This may be a protective tactic for the vulnerable calf to avoid predators. Not to worry, the mother returnes periodically to nurse.

Bongos have been observed to hold their horns on the back of the neck when fleeing. This suggests that they are probably preventing getting entangled in the surrounding vegetation. As a result, bare patches of fur are visible on the backs of older Bongos.

This shot was taken at an animal park.


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Hi Manyee

This is a great picture. You captured a really nice moment. Very well composed, sharp and great colours.

TFS and well done!


Nice moment captured.
the Bongo is really a great animal.
Good picture with nice true colors.

Hallo Manyee,

I realy like this image. This guy really has an itch that he has to scratch. A very nice capture of this behaviour. Very well done.

Being from Africa myself the Tragelaphus genus have always been my favourite antelopes.


Un bon réflexe pour un moment surprenant.
Bonne journée.

This is an interesting behavior that you captured here Maynee. I like to see this unusual animal with its funny patterns of its fur. The pose is great and so are details, exposure and composition. Your notes about it are very interesting too. Thanks,

Great color and fascinating pose!

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-04-30 10:59]

Hello Manyee, nice shot of this beautiful Antelope, nice pose, great POV and good BG, he is so beautiful..well done my friend..

Witaj Manyee!
Beautiful frame. Well, from you appear this animal. Sharp picture, in perfect colours. I thank za spacious description.
Pozdrawiam - Roma

That looks like a nice animal park with all the greenery. The animals look healthy and clean. There is nice rich color in this shot. It is an interesting composition with the white stripes and the angle of the animal.

Evelynn : )

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