Raphicerus sharpei
Status: Least Concern
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Bovidae
Subfamily: Antilopinae
Genus: Raphicerus
Names: northern grysbok
Description: It is a tiny antelope. Its coat is reddish-brown streaked with white. Males have short pointy horns which are widely spaced only 3-5cm long. The eye-rings, muzzle, throat and underside are off-white. It has a short neck and long-legged body.

General Information

A tiny and shy solitary antelope similar in size to the gray duiker.
Shoulder height: 45–60 cm
Length:
Tail Length:
Weight: 7–11.5 kg
Age:

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Ecology and Behaviour

The Sharpe's grysbok is not often seen due to its shy and nocturnal habits. Distinguished from the duiker of the same size in that it runs smoothly not in zig zag, with it's body and head held low. It favours thickets and feeds on the leaves of low growing shrubs. They browse on leaves, buds, herb and fruits. Like the Cape grysbok, they use a communal latrine and mark sticks in its vicinity with pre-orbital gland secretions.

Conservation

It is listed as "Least Concern" on the IUCN Red list.

Distribution and Habitat

In Zambia they are more common in the Kafue national park than any of the other parks. They can also be found in the Transvaal (South Africa), the Caprivi Strip (Namibia), Botswana, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Tanzania to Lake Victoria.

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