Fast Facts: Bongos – Part I

Carl Kerby

Welcome to Fast Facts with Reasons for Hope! I’m Carl Kerby.

If you’ve been to a zoo, you’ve probably seen an unusual looking antelope from Central Africa – the bongo. 

With a deep chestnut coat, which darkens as it ages, and distinctive, bright white stripes, this gorgeous looking antelope is unique to Central and West Africa. 

When fully mature, it measures four feet at the shoulder and up to ten feet in length. It can weigh anywhere from 330-890 pounds, with the male being larger than the female. This means that the bongo is the heaviest and largest forest antelope.

The bongo loves to leave its mark. Its pigment comes off its fur, easily staining trees and brush when it walks past, and, during heavy rain, you can even see the bongo’s colors run.

There is so much more to this elusive creature so be sure to check back for our next Fast Facts with Reasons for Hope. Until then… stay bold!

Karl Kerby is the founder of Reasons for Hope and co-creator of the DeBunked apologetic video series. His radio feature, Fast Facts, is heard weekly on VCY America, Saturdays at 9:25 AM Central.

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