Today I want to write about a fascinating species of animal, the zebra duiker.
Here are five interesting facts about them:
- These cute little antelopes grow up to 90 cm long. Both the males and females grow horns, but the males’ horns are twice as long.
- The word duiker comes from an Afrikaans word meaning diver, which describes how they run into the deep forest when they are alarmed.
- They mainly eat fruit, seeds and leaves. As they aren’t very tall, they rely on the fruit that is dropped to the forest floor by tree-dwelling animals.
- They live by themselves or in breeding pairs and their stripes help to camouflage them in the forest so that they can hide from predators such as leopards, African gold cats, African rock pythons and crowned eagles.
- Zebra duikers are found in the thick forests of Liberia, Sierre Leone and Ivory Coast and are considered vulnerable due to loss of habitat.
I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.
Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about zebra duikers?