The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Red Duiker

Afrikaans name: Rooiduiker

Red Duiker

Red Duiker

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Cephalophus natalensis

Interesting facts about Red Duiker

The Red Duiker is referred to as the Natal Duiker in some publications, but this isn't a name that I have heard people use.

This is a tiny antelope which is only 40 cm high at the shoulder and weighs around 12 to 15 kg. The Red Duiker is found from KwaZulu-Natal through to Mozambique.

They prefer areas of forest that give them cover but will sometimes be seen along the fringe of the forest. They are very territorial.

They feed on various plant materials, including fruit that has fallen to the ground, and they may even take insects.

Red Duikers breed all year round. Females give birth to a single calf after a gestation period of 210 days. The female raises the youngster by herself.

References and further reading

Wild Ways - 2nd Edition - Author: Peter Apps - Published: 2000 - Page: 153

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Published: 2011 - Page: 240

Tracks and Tracking in Southern Africa - Author: Louis Liebenberg - Published: 2000 - Page: 105

What Antelope is That? - Author: Paul Rose - Published: 1967 - Page: 22

Tracks and Tracking in Southern Africa - Author: Louis Liebenberg - Published: 2000 - Page: 104

The Mammal Guide of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Burger Cillie - Published: 2011 - Page: 66

The Rough Guide to Game Parks of South Africa - Author: P. Briggs - Published: 2020 - Page: 335

Southern African Wildlife - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1989 - Page: 72

Signs of the Wild - 5th Edition - Author: Clive Walker - Published: 1996 - Page: 155

Land Mammals of Southern Africa - A field guide - Author: Reay HN Smithers - Published: 1986 - Page: 167

Maberlys Mammals of Southern Africa - Revised edition - Author: Richard Goss - Published: 1986 - Page: 254

Mammals of Southern Africa - Author: Burger Cillie - Published: 1987 - Page: 101

Mammals of the Kruger and other National Parks - Author: The National Parks Board - Published: 1980 - Page: 88

Signs of the Wild - 3rd Edition - Author: Clive Walker - Published: 1986 - Page: 171

Chris and Tilde Stuarts Field Guide to the Mammals of Southern Africa - 1st Edit - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Published: 1988 - Page: 220

Field Guide to the Larger Mammals of Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Published: 1997 - Page: 212

Field Guide to the Mammals of Southern Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Published: 2001 - Page: 220

Field Guide to the Mammals of the Kruger National Park - Author: U. de V. Pienaar et al. - Published: 1987 - Page: 118

Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of SA - 2nd edn - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1991 - Page: 415

Kruger National Park Questions and Answers - Author: P.F. Fourie - Published: 1987 - Page: 106

A Field Guide to the Tracks & Signs of Southern and East African Wildlife - 3rd - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Published: 2000 - Page: 92

African Wildlife - A photographic safari - Author: Nigel and Wendy Dennis - Published: 1999 - Page: 91

An Introduction to the Larger Mammals of Southern Africa - Author: Joanna Dalton - Published: 1987 - Page: 275

A Field Guide to the Mammals of Africa including Madagascar - Author: Theodor Haltenorth and Helmut Diller - Published: 1980 - Page: 42


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