Blue Duiker

Blue Duiker

Blue Duiker
Philantomba monticola


CLASS
Mammalia
ORDER
Artiodactyla
FAMILY
Bovidae

Range

Sub-Saharan Africa, central Africa plus southeastern coastal areas


Habitat

Rainforests, along forest edges, woodlands, and riverine thickets


Diet

Leaves, twigs, flowers, fruits (up to 80% of diet), and occasionally grasses, fungi, and insects

Weight

8 - 20 lbs.

Height

13 - 16 in.

Gestation

About 4 months

Young

1 calf

IUCN Status

Least Concern

CITES

Appendix II

Facts

  • Called duikers from the African word for diver due to their series of diving jumps when fleeing
  • Gives a warning bark when alarmed
  • White edges of tail flicker like a flashlight in the dark understory of the forest
  • Has a single young that may take two years to mature, staying with the parents for 18 months

 

Conservation

Considered lower risk but faces threats from hunting pressure and habitat loss.

Least Concern

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Address

Alexandria Zoo
3016 Masonic Drive
Alexandria, LA 71301
P: (318) 441-6810

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