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Forest driker - a small antelope in Uganda

Forest drikers are small antelopes. They are good examples of how an animal can be very successful in finding and filling a certain ecological niche they are the most wide spread of all forest antelopes. They regularly turn through dense vegetation of forests hence the source of the name (driker) which in Dutch means “diver”. They devote a lot of like grooming one another heads which apparently aids in bonding pairs and helps individuals recognize their own species.

Taxonomy


Common name: Forest driker
Scientific name cephalophus
Scientific classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class mammalia
Order artodactla
Family boridae
Genius cephalophus
Species



Where to find the Forest driker


They live in rain-forests and are found in South Africa and in East Africa.
You will easily find this antelope the forests of Kibale National Park in Uganda.

What the Forest driker antelop eats


Forest drikers feed on sizeable fruits, mushrooms and other bulky items. They eat berries and fruits that have fallen naturally. Most of their diet consists of foliage from trees. On occasion, they might feed on insects, rodents, birds and hazards. They have a lifespan of 12 years.

How to identify a forest driker


They are 24 inch and weigh 40-45 pounds. They are short legged, hunch backed and dark in color than bush drikers. They have long shiny bodies on slender legs, wedge shaped heads topped by a crest of long hair and relatively lash eyes.

Behavior


Males fight especially when territory is evaded. Drikers inhabit fairly small territories marked with the sections from the pre-orbital gland below each eye. Even though a pair live together in a territory, they will spend most of the time apart. Courtships involves prolonged and noisy chases about the territory before mating after with a single young is born. Gestation period is 5-7 months.

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