How to Draw a Bongo

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Bongo in 11 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

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Below are the individual steps - you can click on each one for a High Resolution printable PDF version.

At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Bongo.

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How to Draw a Bongo - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Let's draw a Bongo. Not the drum! The Bongo is a type of Wild Antelope found in Africa. To start, Dar the face by making a rough 'U' shape. Add two small curves at the top.

Step 2: Add the eyes by drawing two small teardrop shapes at the outside of the face. The Bongo are primarily nocturnal animals, which means they only come out at night. Also, add a few more oval shapes down at the bottom for nostrils.

Step 3: Now add the big ears by making two large leaf shapes on either side of the head. Draw a few detail lines inside.

Step 4: For the horns, draw to lines that bend at a 45 degree angle. Close the tips off by a sharp point. Both females and male Bongos have horns their heads.

Step 5: For the back, draw a long curved line out to the left.

Step 6: Add the first leg under the head on the right by making two lines that go down. Add the toes on the bottom too!

Step 7: Now draw a small curved line for the chest and add the second leg.

Step 8: For the first hind leg, first draw a curved line for the belly, then add a thick hind leg. Only make it think at the top for the thigh.

Step 9: Place the second hind leg behind the first, making sure to leave space at the very end for the tail.

Step 10: Finally, add the tail by drawing a small curve shape that ends in in a point.

Step 11: For details of the pattern, make a few vertical lines throughout the body of the Bongo, and you're done!

Interesting Facts about the Bongo

No, this isn’t a musical drum, this animal is actually a type of wild antelope that are commonly found in Africa. These antelopes are actually very easy to be able to identify because they have such a beautiful and striking look about them that makes them unique. The bongo has a vibrant reddish brown coat that has black and white markings along with long white-yellow stripes and horns.

Did you know?

  • The name the bongo for the antelope was actually established around 60 years because the word bongo was also used to describe the Cuban drum.
  • These animals are primarily nocturnal animals
  • Bongos are one of the largest of the ungulates that can be found in the African forest
  • Both the female and the male bongo have horns that grow on their heads
  • The male bongos are rarely seen in a large group but you will often that the female bongos will often gather in groups of 6 to 8, but can get to be as big as 20
  • These creatures normally around 1.1 to 1.3 meters tall and around 2.15 to 3.15 meters long. Both the male and females are normally around very similar sizes
  • The weight of the males are normally around 220 to 405 kg

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