Blue Duiker in Amanzimtoti

Got a new camera, and was looking unhappily out the window at the rain; I wanted to go out and play with my new toy. Something caught my eye on the pavement; I saw it was not a small dog, nor a big rabbit. Could not believe my eyes, a Duiker, in the suburbs of Amanzimtoti! Grabbed camera and out in the rain I went. The tiny animal came back out of the dense foliage and crossed the road. I thought it was the world’s smallest antelope, but then found out that one that is smaller, is a bit North West of here.

“Royal antelope, a hare-sized denizen of West Africa’s lowland rainforest that is the world’s smallest antelope. The similar dwarf antelope  is only slightly bigger. Both belong to the Neotragini tribe of dwarf antelopes that includes the dik-dik, steenbok, klipspringer, and oribi.”

A fantastic sighting none the less; to see an animal that is listed as rare in the Red Book is pretty amazing and in a town? Eish!

“The Blue Duiker is the smallest antelope in Southern Africa. Measures 300 mm at the shoulders and females weighs 4.7 kg, males only 4 kg. The coat is blue-grey. Both sexes carry short sharp horns, which are often concealed by a tuft of hair.”


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2 Responses to “Blue Duiker in Amanzimtoti”

  1. Wayne Bisset Says:

    Reblogged this on Section Eight Solutions.

  2. TheHairy1 Says:

    On many a South Coast holiday I recall my late Dad saying how, as youngsters, they used to hunt where the freeway is at Amanzimtoti!

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