“For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love.”
With their soft eyes, astonishingly beautiful coats and those magnificent horns, these highly sociable forest antelopes are a stunning vision. Bongos, in general, are fairly plentiful across west Africa. But, the critically endangered sub-species, isaaci, is only found in the mountains of central Kenya. As you would expect, deforestation and hunting (including so-called ‘trophy hunting‘) have played a major part in its decline. The numbers kept in captivity, now outweigh the numbers left in the wild by almost seven to one.
The mountain bongo may look a lot like its cousin, the western bongo, but, in fact, it is heavier, taller and more richly coloured. Adult mountain bongos stand at over four feet at the shoulder, and can be as…
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