Definitions for BONGOˈbɒŋ goʊ, ˈbɔŋ-
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
bon•goˈbɒŋ goʊ, ˈbɔŋ-(n.)(pl.)-gos; -go.
a reddish brown antelope, Tragelaphuseuryceros, of tropical Africa, having white stripes and large, spirally twisted horns.
Origin of bongo:
bon•goˈbɒŋ goʊ, ˈbɔŋ-(n.)(pl.)-gos, -goes.
one of a pair of small tuned drums, played by beating with the fingers.
Category: Music and Dance
Origin of bongo:
1915–20, Amer.; < AmerSp bongó
bongo, bongo drum(noun)
a small drum; played with the hands
bongo, Tragelaphus eurycerus, Boocercus eurycerus(noun)
large forest antelope of central Africa having a reddish-brown coat with white stripes and spiral horns
A striped bovine mammal found in Africa, Tragelaphus eurycerus.
One of a pair of small drums of Cuban origin, played by beating with the hands.
To play the bongo
To beat with an irregular rhythm
To hit something rhythmically with the hands.
Origin: From American Spanish bongó.
The western or lowland bongo, Tragelaphus eurycerus eurycerus, is a herbivorous, mostly nocturnal forest ungulate and among the largest of the African forest antelope species. 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. Bongos have a complex social interaction and are found in African dense forest mosaics. The lowland bongo faces an ongoing population decline and the IUCN Antelope Specialist Group considers the western or lowland bongo, T. eurycerus eurycerus, to be Near Threatened on the conservation status scale. The eastern or mountain bongo, T. eurycerus isaaci, of Kenya has a coat even more vibrant than that of T. eurycerus eurycerus. The mountain bongo is only found in the wild in one remote region of central Kenya. The mountain 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 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 that there are possibly only 100 Eastern Mountain Bongs left in the wild due to logging & poaching.
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