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.
Scientific name: neotragus 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.
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.