Scientific Name: Sylvicapra Grimmia
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A Duiker is a tiny, shy antelope that is found across most of eastern South Africa, with only the males having short horns. The common name refers to a characteristic habit of taking off at high speed in a series of diving jumps when alarmed. The color of the upper parts varies from a greyish-buff to a reddish-yellow and considerable color variation within populations are observed in some areas. The under parts are usually white. Most have a black band restricted to the lower part of the face near the nostrils.
They do not occur in forests, although they will take refuge in forests when hiding from a predator. Widely distributed in Southern Africa, but absent from desert regions. The Common Duiker is usually seen at dawn and dusk in open scrub country. They avoid open grassland where there is no shelter.
They are found throughout Africa south of the Sahara, except in the rain forests of Central Africa.
Full grown Duiker stand about two feet tall at the shoulder and weigh 30-50 pounds.
Potential lifespan is 8 – 11 years.