Don’t be fooled. What looks like a lovely postcard of father, mother and baby sitatungas in the first two photos … it’s NOT! … but it is also very nice … the sitatunga mom is pregnant and that night gave birth to a wonderful baby.
The alleged baby of the first two pictures, is nothing but another female sitatunga, a big girl who likes milk and steals it (or is allowed to steal it) from the mother-to-be because very she’s feeling uneasy with her udders filled with milk.
The last picture, is from the next day and there you can see the true family photo, with the newborn resting (detail in the next to last picture)
Instalación de sitatungas.
No os dejéis engañar. Lo que parece una preciosa postal de papa, mama y peque de sitatungas en las dos primeras fotos… NO lo es…aunque también es muy bonita…la mama sitatunga esta preñada y esa misma noche pario una estupenda cría.
La supuesta cría de las dos primeras fotos, no es mas que otra hembra de sitatunga ya mayorcita que le gusta la leche y se la roba o se la deja robar porque tiene la ubres muy molestas con la cantidad de leche.
La ultima foto, corresponde al día siguiente y ahí si podéis ver la autentica foto de familia, con la cría recién nacida descansando (detalle en la foto penúltima)
Bongos are characterised by a striking reddish-brown coat, black and white markings, white-yellow stripes and long slightly spiralled horns. Indeed, bongos are the only tragelaphid in which both sexes have horns. They have a complex social interaction and are found in African dense forest mosaics.
The western or lowland bongo, T. e. eurycerus, faces an ongoing population decline, and the IUCN Antelope Specialist Group considers it to be Near Threatened on the conservation status scale.
The eastern or mountain bongo, T. e. isaaci, of Kenya, has a coat even more vibrant than that of T. e. eurycerus. The mountain bongo is only found in the wild in one remote region of central Kenya. This bongo is classified by the IUCN Antelope Specialist Group as Critically Endangered, with more specimens in captivity than in the wild.
In 2000, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums in the USA (AZA) upgraded the bongo to a Species Survival Plan participant and in 2006 named the Bongo Restoration to Mount Kenya Project to its list of the Top Ten Wildlife Conservation Success Stories of the year. However, in 2013, it seems, these successes have been negated with reports of possibly only 100 mountain bongos left in the wild due to logging and poaching.
The bongo belongs to the genus Tragelaphus, which includes the sitatunga (T. spekeii), the nyala (T. angasii), the bushbuck (T. scriptus), the mountain nyala (T. buxtoni), the lesser kudu (T. imberbis), and the greater kudu(T. strepsiceros).
Bongos are further classified into two subspecies: T. e. eurycerus, the lowland or western bongo, and the far rarer T. e. isaaci, the mountain or eastern bongo, restricted to northeastern Central Africa. The eastern bongo is larger and heavier than the western bongo. Two other subspecies are described from West and Central Africa, but taxonomic clarification is required. They have been observed to live up to 19 years.
The generic name Tragelaphus is derived from the Greek words trago (a male goat) and elaphos (a deer), in combination referring to “an antelope”. The specific name eurycerus originated from the fusion of eurus (broad, widespread) and keras (an animal’s horn). “Bongo” is derived from a West African native name.
Okay I got a kick ass deal on this dude. He’s a sitatunga or marshbuck (as far as I can tell) and he has the coolest feet. He’s mine but he is gonna hang out at the shop till I find space for him at home.
Went to the zoo with school today (I’m studying zoology btw) and those are my best pictures
The first lama was trying to eat my phone
The second one has the weirdest face ever
The baby sitatunga look like it’s smiling, so pure and innocent
And the lioness was actually watching a kid that she probably wanted to eat