Duiker Hunting Safari in Namibia
Native to sub-Saharan Africa, the duiker is an antelope that is relatively small in size compared with other African buck. Forest-dwelling duiker inhabit the rainforests of sub-Saharan Africa, but the bush duiker is of particular interest to us as it occupies savannas and open grassland.
The smallest of the species is the blue duiker, which usually reaches a maximum weight of five kilograms. Other types, such as the common or grey duiker, range from an adult weight of 16-20 kilograms, with females weighing more than the males. Only male duikers grow horns, and these are usually about 11cm long.
Duikers are very shy and independent in nature - they are especially skittish in open grassland. When threatened they may freeze or dash into a bush – their long legs allow them to run fast and for long distances.
Their activity is varied, some are diurnal, and some are nocturnal – it just depends on the distribution of food in the area and the variety, as a duiker will eat what is available. Duikers enjoy grazing for seeds, leaves, shoots and fruit, but will also eat small rodents or birds when needed. They can go for very long periods without water, so can often be found in locations where water sources are scarce.
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