Red Forest Duiker, Cephalophus natalensis

The red forest duiker (Cephalophus natalensis) is also known as the Natal red duiker or the Natal duiker. It is an antelope that is native to southern and central Africa. Its range includes southern Tanzania, Malawi, and Mozambique. It prefers habitat within shrub lands and forests. The red duiker has been given a conservation status of “Least Concern” on the IUCN Red List.

The red forest duiker has an average height of 1.3 feet at the shoulder, with an average weight of 33 pounds. It is dark red in color, with darker patches of fur occurring on the back of the neck and the face. The main diet of this duiker consists of fallen fruit, insects, and foliage. The forest red duiker typically groups in pairs, and will defend a home territory. One fawn a year is born after a pregnancy of up to 7.5 months.

Image CAption: Red Forest Duiker in the ZOO Berlin. Credit: Der Irbis/Wikipedia(CC BY-SA 3.0)