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Did You Know – Suni

The latest in our quiz sheets! The Suni :)

Suni Scientific name:  Neotragus moschatus  Description:  A very small species of African antelope - can be mistaken for very young duiker. Very little is known about these reclusive animals.  Habitat: Rarely seen, found in dense woodland. Have a limited distribution usually in sandforest and coastal forest in North East of South Africa.  Communication: Usually thought to be silent, few reported cases of barking. When distressed will cry like a human baby.  Male or female: Approx 350mm high. Female/ Male  5.4kg/5kg Both have Light brown - chestnut coloured coat with white underparts and inner legs. Young are slightly darker. Rounded ears are pink inside, grey outside. Rams grow smooth tipped horns with deep ridges.  Behaviour: Usually diurnal, the Suni will hide the day away in a sheltered, shady spot.  Both males and females are territorial, with home ranges varying from 1-8 hectares depending on habitat suitability. Males mark their territory with the scent glands on their cheek (pre-orbital scent glands).  Diet: Feed from the forest floor on newly fallen leaves, flowers and fruit. Usually will feed at dusk and dawn.  Predators: Prey to many, the Suni use their camoflague and wait until the last minute to run away.  Life Expectancy Unknown  Did you know: - Suni sightings are even rarer than that of Leopard. - Suni have the largest pre-orbital scent glands relative to size of all African antelopes. - There are thought to be less than 1000 Suni in Zululand

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