Bongo are some of the largest antelope species alive, with females averaging 500 pounds and males almost 900. Both genders sport a rich chestnut coat that darkens with age in the males, as well as 10-15 vertical stripes on their torso. The horns on males grow larger and wider than the females.
- When running, they will line their horns parallel to the backs of the necks to avoid entangling them in branches.
- Vulnerable newborns are left to hide still in tall grass to avoid predators, and the mother returns regularly to nurse them.