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Bates pygmy antelope

It is also known as the dwarf antelope. In some places it is called the bates dwarf antelope. It is similar to deer. It is also in the same genius as the Suni and the royal antelope they are not so endangered but their biggest problem is habitat loss due to the expansion of human population. They are sometimes killed by farmers though in limited numbers. They are not harmful animals.

Taxonomy


Scientific name: neotragus batesi
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: mammalia
Order: artiodactyla
Family: bovidae
Genus: neotragus
Species: Batesi


Where to find the Bates pygmy antelope


Found in the brush of central and West Africa.

In Uganda you will easily find this antelope in Kibale National Park.

What the Bates pygmy antelope eats


Bates pygmy antelope eat crops, fungus, grass, shoot, buds, herbs and leaves. They have typical territories of 2 to 4 hectares (4.9 to 9.9 acres). Males mark their territories using the scent produced in their pre-orbital glands.

How to identify a Bates pygmy antelope


Adult antelope weigh 2 to 3 kg (4.4 to 6.6 16), 50 to 57cm (20 to 22 in) long, with a tail of length of 4.5 to 50cm (1.8 to 2.0 in). only males have horns, about 3.8 to 5.0cm (1.5 to 2.0m) long. Their cost is sling dark chestnut on the back and lighter toward the flanks male antelopes are generously bigger than females.

Behavior


They mate mostly at late dry and early wet seasons and have one birth per pregnancy.
Females sometimes live in small groups and are friendlier with each other. They bark when fleeing. They can sum very fast.

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