Peter’s Duiker, Cephalophus callipygus

Peter’s duiker (Cephalophus callipygus) is a species of antelope that can be found in southern Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, and northern areas of the Republic of Congo. It prefers a habitat in dense, undisturbed primary forests or rainforests, but it will inhabit forests that have been logged if there is enough cover. It can reach an average height of twenty inches at the shoulder, with a weight of forty pounds. Its fur is typically greyish brown in color. It is thought that Weyns’ Duiker is a subspecies of this species, although it is currently classified as a distinct species.

Peter’s duiker is widespread throughout its large range, with an estimated population of at least 300,000 individuals. Despite these numbers, it is though that hunting, habitat destruction, and human encroachment could eventually bring major populations to extinction. Peter’s duiker appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Least Concern”, because declining trends do not constitute a threatened status.

Image Caption: Peters’s Duiker (Cephalophus callipygus), shot from behind amongst vegetation. Campo Ma’an National Park, Cameroon. 14-06-08. Credit: XKD/Wikipedia  (CC BY-SA 2.0)