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Safari Africa Animal Fact Sheet
CROWN DUIKER
Sylvicapra grimmia

Range:
west, central, east, and southern Africa As long as they have vegetation to eat (from which they get some water), they can go without drinking for very long periods. In the rainy season they will frequently not drink water at all, instead obtaining fluids from fruits. They will often scavenge for these fruits below trees in which monkeys are feeding. They are active both day and night, but become more nocturnal near human settlements.

Males are territorial and smear gland secretions on rocks and branches in order to mark their territories; their preferred resting places are generally on elevated ground where they can observe their territory. Females, by contrast, prefer deeper cover. The overall success of this species stems from its ability to inhabit a wide variety of habitats as well as from its adaptable, generalist diet.
Habitat: savannah and hilly areas, including the fringes of human settlements
Diet: beyond herbivorous browsing for leaves, flowers, fruits and tubers, they will also eat insects, frogs, small birds and mammals.
Status: Least Concern (IUCN)
Approximate Dimensions of Adult: Height: Up to 4 feet tall
Weight: Up to 55lbs
Lifespan: Up to 12 years.
Reproduction & Offspring: 3-7.5 months.

 

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