from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various small African antelopes of the genera Cephalophus or Sylvicapra, having short, backward-pointing horns.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. One of any species of small antelope of the Cephalophinae subfamily.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Short for duiker-bok.
When alarmed, they plunge into the protection of dense vegetation - hence the origin of the name duiker, which means "diver."
The duiker is another little antelope that one meets frequently in the grassy places of East Africa.
The word "duiker" means dive in Afrikaans, which suits the duiker as they are known for diving for cover in the forest or brush.
It was a package deal offered in partnership with a South African outfit called Frontier Safaris -- the package allowed a duiker, a warthog, an impala, a blesbok, a gemsbok, two species of springbok, a bushbok, a wildebeest, and a kudu.
Other mammals include forest elephant Loxodonta africana cyclotis (EN), estimated at 3,250 individuals in 1989, now reduced for their meat and ivory from 350 to 2 families, hippotamus Hippopotamus amphibious, forest buffalo Syncerus caffer nanus, leopard Panthera pardus, forest hog Hylochoerus meinertzhageni, bongo Tragelaphus euryceros and seven species of duiker, all taken for food.
Suitcases stuffed with dried duiker antelope that's later sold door to door.
There are also is an isolated population of the Cape dassie Procavia capensis, also tree hyrax Dendrohyrax dorsalis; and bush pig Potamochoerus porcus, warthog Phacochoerus aethiopicus, bushbuck Tragelaphus scriptus, Maxwell's duiker Cephalophus maxwelli and black duiker C. niger, bay duiker C. dorsalis and forest buffalo Syncerus caffer nanus.
Indeed, one lives among all the other creatures that lurk day and night, which means walking out of your suite and running into impala, duiker, warthogs, vervet monkeys and the occasional leopard don't worry the staff will give you a heads-up if one is on the prowl.
Within the St. Floris region, the most abundant large mammals seem to be kob Kobus kob, hartebeest Alcelaphus buselaphus and grey duiker Sylvicapra grimmia, with other fairly abundant ungulates including waterbuck Kobus ellipsiprymnus, oribi Ourebia ourebi, topi Damaliscus lunatus, reedbuck Redunca redunca, roan antelope Hippotragus equines and giant eland Taurotragus derbianus; also buffalo Syncerus caffer, warthog Phacochoerus aethiopicus and hippopotamus Hippopotamus amphibius.
Less common animals in the area include golden cat Felis aurata, red-flanked duiker Cephalophus rufilatus, yellow-backed duiker C. sylvicultor and aardvark Orycteropus afer.
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