Yellow-backed Duiker Keeper Talk
02/17/2017, 2:30 PM to 2:45 PM
Weekly on Friday
Bamboo Trail map
Yellow-backed duikers are the largest of all 15 species of duiker. Adult duikers have black coats with a white face. The yellow hair begins to appear on their back at 5-9 months and will stand up when the duiker feels threatened or becomes agitated. Little is known about the behavior of yellow-backed duikers due to their shy nature and the thick forests they call home. Duikers will be solitary or live in a monogamous pair. They can breed anytime during the year and typically have offspring twice a year. Young duikers are hidden by their mothers in underbrush for the first several weeks of their life for protection from predators. Due to their size duikers have to forage for much the day. While foraging, duikers need to lookout for painted dogs, lions, and leopards. One of their main defenses is to dive into the underbrush to evade predators. Yellow-backed duikers have large scent glands underneath their eyes and in between their toes which they rub on trees to mark their territory. Duikers will also use these glands to rub on their mates during courtship, familiarize young with their parents scent, and males will rub them on other males during competition. You can see our yellow backed duikers on Bamboo Trail.