Perfect for both the hunter and the game, the Green Bongo Hunt allows you to go on an epic “hunt,” while contributing to wildlife conservation and the overall health of the bongo herd.
Similar to a standard rifle hunt, you have to monitor weather conditions, practice shot distances & work on shot placement before heading out. Only now, you’re hunting antelope with a tranquilizer dart instead of an actual bullet in this “catch & release” hunt on the Morani River Ranch in South Texas.
Take your “trophy pic” with a living, breathing animal that will get up and walk safely (and somewhat clumsily) away when you’re finished.
As Africa’s largest forest antelope species, bongos may seem like an excellent trophy to add to your game wall – but don’t get ahead of yourself. Large-scale hunting & poaching has wiped them out in some areas, so conservation of these big beasts is critical. That’s where Wayne Bisbee, of the Bisbee Fish & Wildlife Conservation Fund, comes in.
These Green Bongo Hunts allow a hunter to enjoy the same sense of thrill as a normal hunt, and the antelope is able to get veterinary attention while it’s under the tranquilizer’s anesthesia. As part of a herd health program, the vets will monitor the bongo’s heart rate, respiration rate & quality, take its core body temperature to make sure it doesn’t overheat, and administer vaccines against naturally occurring diseases that the herd is susceptible to.
All aspects of these “hunts” are monitored by veterinary specialists to ensure the safety and well-being of these increasingly threatened animals. The .22 caliber rifles used come equipped with an adjustment setting so you can decrease the pressure of the tranquilizer dart depending on the range of the bongo, and the darts fly exponentially slower than your standard rifle bullet to lessen the likelihood of injury (while still packing enough punch to bring down a 500-plus-pound animal).
There are minimal side effects from the anesthesia, and a tranquilizer antidote is administered once everything’s been taken care of so the animal is able to become more alert quickly and with ease. It takes a little while for it to fully kick in and the bongo will be a tad lethargic at first, so don’t worry – you won’t suddenly be face to face with an angry & confused mature bull bongo. Yikes.
This is a great experience for wildlife conservation & hunting enthusiasts, and 100 percent of the money goes back to that wildlife conservation. Plus, you come away with an awesome photo taken with a live bongo. Win-win, right?