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AnimalID

Name

5077

Bongo

LocationName:

Africa

Origin:

Official bonus for Original ZT

PurchaseCost:

$900

RequiresResearch:

No

IsClimber:

No

IsJumper:

Yes

 

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Description:

The bongo is a strikingly beautiful forest antelope that is found in parts of Kenya, the Congo Basin, East Africa, and West Africa. They are the largest of the forest antelopes; males can weigh close to 900 pounds, and females up to 600 pounds. Bongos have rich chestnut coats, with each individual displaying a unique pattern of camouflaging white stripes along its side. Both sexes have heavy spiraled horns. There are two subspecies of bongo, the mountain bongo from Kenya, which is endangered, and the western or lowland bongo, which is listed as near threatened. All bongos in captivity are mountain bongos.

Bongos are found in very dense tropical jungle regions, usually near forest margins. They use their long prehensile tongues and their horns to glean the leaves, twigs, grasses, roots, fruits and flowers that comprise their diet. Bongos crave salt, and have been observed visiting salt licks near forest edges. They are also known to consume wood that has been charred by lightning, presumbably as a way of satisfying their need for salt and other minerals. This animal requires a permanent supply of water.

Since bongos are extremely shy and elusive creatures, not a great deal is known about their habits in their native setting. They are active in the early morning and at night and have been observed browsing in areas where forest meets grassland. They will frequently wallow in mud, rubbing their hides and horns against trees afterward to clean themselves. Although capable of making very high leaps, bongos generally prefer to go under or around obstacles. When fleeing a threat, bongos have been observed to hold their horns on the back of their necks, possibly to avoid entanglement in surrounding vegetation. As a result of this behavior, older bongos will sometimes have bare patches of fur on their backs. Bongos have a wide range of vocalizations, including grunts, snorts, a mooing call, and a bleat-like alarm call.

Among forest antelopes, bongos are the only ones to form herds. While usually found in small family groups consisting of females and their young, they may temporarily gather in herds of up to 45 animals at salt licks and waterholes. Males are generally solitary animals, but several males can accompany a herd. Unlike most other African antelopes, bongos are not territorial and will not defend ground against other individuals. Home ranges are generally around 40 square miles.

Bongos breed seasonally, with a single calf being born in about nine months. After birth, calves are left alone in the underbrush, lying still to avoid detection by predators. The mother periodically returns to her calf to nurse.

Bongos rely heavily on their sense of hearing rather than their sight or smell. Their large ears help them to hear approaching predators, such as leopards, hyenas and humans. Hunters consider the bongo a valuable trophy. The other main threat to the bongo is posed by the destruction of its habitat.

 

Attractiveness Adult:

Attractiveness Young:

Initial Happiness:

Habitat Preference:

10

30

60

85

Captivity:

Crowd:

CrowdHappiness Change:

ClimbsCliffs:

5

30

-5

No

 

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To build a good animal exhibit you need to ask a few questions: (click them for the answers)

Which fence is suitable for this animal in terms of strength, if it can be climbed or jumped over?

How big should the exhibit be and what Terrain should be used?

What foliage should be used?

What rocks should be used?

What shelter does the animal need?

What toy does the animal like?

How deep should the exhibit be if using the "Pit Method"?

1 level

 

FenceName

Purchase Cost

Height

Strength

Life

Cost Effective

Stick Pole Window Fence

$75

2

225

12

16.0

Stick Pole Fence

$75

2

225

12

16.0

Chain-link Fence

$70

2

200

10

14.3

Post and Rail Fence

$90

2

250

12

13.3

Wood Slat Window Fence

$110

2

240

12

10.9

Wooden Slat Fence

$110

2

240

12

10.9

Rock Window Fence

$150

2

280

14

9.3

Rock Wall Fence

$150

2

280

14

9.3

Concrete Chain Fence

$150

2

275

14

9.3

Plexiglas Fence

$150

2

270

13

8.7

Iron Bar Fence

$180

2

290

14

7.8

Concrete Fence

$200

2

300

15

7.5

Reinforced Concrete Fence

$225

3

460

16

7.1

Reinforced Concrete and Glass Fence

$225

3

420

15

6.7

Concrete and Iron Bar Fence

$240

3

440

15

6.3

Electrified Chain-link Fence

$300

3

480

18

6.0

Electrified Iron Bar Fence

$350

3

400

18

5.1

 

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Animal Density

Min

Number of Animals/Exhibit

Max

20

3

 

15

Terrain Name

Value

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

Rainforest floor

70

14

28

42

56

70

84

98

112

126

140

Grass

20

4

8

12

16

20

24

28

32

36

40

Dirt

10

2

4

6

8

10

12

14

16

18

20

Rocks

2

2

3

5

6

8

10

11

13

14

16

Foliage

12

2

5

7

10

12

14

17

19

22

24

Elevation

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Exhibit Size

100

20

40

60

80

100

120

140

160

180

200

 

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ID

Value

TreeName

Foliage Effect

Cost/ Square

Cost Effective

7015

12

Elephant Ear Tree

15

$185

8.1

 

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ID

Value

RockName

Size X

Size Y

Rock

Rock Effect

Purchase Cost

Cost Effective

9206

3

Small Rock

1

1

Yes

12

$55

21.8

9205

3

Medium Rock 

1

1

Yes

12

$75

16.0

9226

5

Rainforest Rock

6

4

Yes

8

$350

2.3

9200

6

Large Rock

2

2

Yes

6

$150

4.0

9215

2

Stone Ruins

4

2

Yes

5

$450

1.1

 

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Shelter ID

Shelter Name

Shelter Value

Shelter Effect

Purchase Cost

Capacity

Requires Research

8115

Large Stable

25

15

$700

5

Yes

8114

Stable

20

10

$500

3

 

8109

Large Concrete Shelter

18

8

$225

6

Yes

8112

Large Wood Shelter 

18

8

$325

6

Yes

8108

Concrete Shelter

16

6

$175

4

 

8111

Wood Shelter

16

6

$225

4

 

8113

Small Stable

15

5

$300

2

 

8107

Small Concrete Shelter

13

3

$125

2

 

8110

Small Wood Shelter

13

3

$175

2

 

 

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ToyID

ToyName

ToyValue

PurchaseCost

 

none

 

 

 

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ReproductionChance:

High

SickChance:

3

ReproductionInterval(months):

5

SickChange:

-8

HappyReproduceThreshold:

90

DeathChance:

10

Offspring:

1

TimeDeath(months):

24

BabyToAdult(months):

2

 

 

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Compatible Animals

Prey Animals

none

 

KeeperFoodType:

Hay

 

none

 

General Information

Building an Exhibit

The Life Cycle

Who do they like to live with and eat?