Red-flanked Duiker, Cephalophus rufilatus

The red-flanked duiker (Cephalophus rufilatus) occurs in central and western Africa. It is a small antelope, reaching an average height of only fifteen inches. It weighs up to thirty-one pounds and can be seen eating seeds, flowers, leaves, and fallen fruit and it may even eat tiny birds or other small mammals. It is burnished red in color with a white belly and black dorsal fur and limbs. It can live to be ten to fifteen years old in captivity. The red-flanked duiker has an estimated wild population of 170,000 and is listed on the IUCN Red List as of “Least Concern”.

Image Caption: Red-flanked Duiker, taken at Dallas Zoo, November 2007. Credit: Oopsadoodle/Wikipedia(CC BY 3.0)