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Safari Africa Animal Fact Sheet
BAY DUIKER
Cephalophus dorsalis

Range:
Central through South Africa: Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania
Black dorsal band along the spine from head to tail and fanning out over the hind quarters. Smooth, wedge-shaped horns are found in both sexes, and are nearly straight, angling back parallel from forehead. Horns are longer than other duikers.

Hunted by man and killed by hyenas, wild dogs, baboons and snakes.

Strictly nocturnal. Shelter is sought out during the day, and is most often found in hollow trees, among buttress roots, or dense thickets. Regularly used paths provide an ease of movement through forest, and often through such thick vegetation that it resembles tunnels rather than paths. Population densities are very low, with 30-50 acres of habitat providing range for only 2 - 3 Bay Duikers.

Duikers are members of the antelope family. The name duiker is an African word meaning "divers" referring to the way they plunge into the dense undergrowth when disturbed. Their body is well adapted for this having short forelegs, longer hind legs, and arched body shape. Females are usually 4% longer than males.
Habitat: Dense vegetation and rain forest
Diet: Fruits, leaves, grasses, shoots, insects, eggs, rarely carrion
Status: Least Concern (IUCN)
Approximate Dimensions of Adult: Head - body length: 2.3 - 3.3 feet
Tail length: 3-6 inches.
Weight: 33-44 lbs.
Height at shoulders: 16-22 inches
Lifespan: n/a
Reproduction & Offspring: n/a

 

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