Welcome to Fast Facts with Reasons for Hope! I’m Carl Kerby.
What wild animal is so seclusive that virtually nothing is known about it before 1960? Give up? It’s the African bongo.
This quiet, nocturnal herbivore is most active from dusk to early dawn, when it browses on low shrubs.
The bongo has a long, prehensile tongue like a giraffe, which it uses to grasp leaves and grasses.
It only lives where there is a permanent water source, which makes sense as it requires salt in its diet and is known to visit natural salt licks and even eat charcoal from burnt trees to satisfy its salt craving.
It also enjoys wallowing in mud baths to cool off and brushes clean on nearby trees which polish its horns.
These are just a few of the fun Fast Facts here at Reasons for Hope so check back soon and, until then, stay bold!