Duiker

Scientific name

Blue duiker (Cephalophus monticla) <br /> Yellow-backed duiker (Cephalophus silvicultor) <br /> Bush duiker (Sylvicapra grimmia)

Weight

Dependent on subspecies

Size

Dependent on subspecies

Life span

Up to 12 years in captivity

Habitat

Forests, coastal scrublands, farmland, and bush

Diet

Omnivorous

Gestation

5 to 7 months

Predators

Humans, eagles, lions, and leopards

There are
21
species of duiker
Only an estimated
14,000
Ader’s duikers remain
Yellow duikers can reach
80
kilograms
Duiker

Challenges

Humans are encroaching on their habitats.

Duikers are losing their habitats to the expansion of roads, settlements, and agriculture as a result of human population growth and are being pushed into close quarters with humans.

Duikers are hunted by humans.

The animals are hunted for their meat, skins, and horns, which are popular in some areas as charms against evil spirits. Bush duikers may be hunted in reprisal for raiding crops.

 

Solutions

Our solutions to protecting the duiker:

Safari/Tourism
Develop conservation tourism.

African Wildlife Foundation brings together communities and private investors to construct conservation tourism lodges, like Koija Starbeds Lodge, in Kenya. The lodge provides sustainable income for the community and the 500-acre conservancy is a safe home to a variety of wildlife.

Protected Area
Set aside protected spaces.

AWF works with governments and villages to designate wildlife corridors — large swaths of land that duikers, and other wildlife, use to roam freely and safely from one park, or country, to another. Corridors link protected areas and allow this species to follow rains or travel to their calving grounds.

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