Natal Red Duiker (Cephalophus natalensis) Hluhluwe Game Reserve, South Africa. Photo by Hal Brindley

Daily Creature 34: Natal Red Duiker

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Natal Red Duiker (Cephalophus natalensis) Hluhluwe Game Reserve, South Africa. Photo by Hal Brindley

Natal Red Duiker

(Cephalophus natalensis)

Both male and female Red Duikers have these stout little horns pointing backwards out of the top of their head, but they are often concealed by a crest of dark brown hair (like a little mohawk!) They may seem tiny, but when two males fight, they can inflict serious wounds on each other.

These small, solitary antelopes creep through the forest and dive for cover in thick brush when frightened. In fact, the name “Duiker” means “diver” in Dutch! (Dutch is the basis of the Afrikaans language in South Africa where these antelope can be found.)

Photo: Hluhluwe Game Reserve, South Africa.

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