Zebra Duiker

Cephalophus zebra

The Zebra Duiker inhabits forested regions of the Ivory Coast, Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. It feeds on leaves and fruits that other animals like monkeys accidentally dislodge from the trees. This animal has a thickening of the frontal bone in the skull that is used to crack open hard-shelled fruits.

Zebra duikers live alone, except when paired with a mate or when raising an infant. The common name “duiker” (pronounced dy-ker) is Afrikaans for “diving buck”. They dive for cover with head down at any sign of danger.

The picture of this duiker was taken at the zoo of Cincinnati, Ohio, in July 2002.

Genus Cephalophus
Subfamily Cephalophinae
Family Bovidae
Order Artiodactyla
Subclass Eutheria
Class Mammalia
Subphylum Vertebrata
Phylum Chordata
Kingdom Animalia
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