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Named for the 12 to 15 black bands that, like a zebra, stretch down its back, the zebra duiker (Cephalophus zebra) is a diminutive antelope with a short, stocky body. Its coat colour varies from light gold to a reddish-brown, with a pale cream underside. Another distinctive feature is the lack of a tuft on the forehead, which most other duiker species possess. Both males and females grow short, tapering horns which are used to defend their territory, and although females are generally larger than the males, the male possesses longer horns. Juveniles appear slightly bluer in colouration than the adults and have closer stripes. The name ‘duiker’ is the Afrikaans word for ‘diver’ or ‘diving buck’ and refers to the flight of the antelope into the undergrowth when disturbed.

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