Jentink’s Duiker

Jentink’s Duiker

Cephalophus jentinki

The Jentink’s Duiker lives in thick rainforest and is considered exceptionally rare. The species is in decline due to loss of habitat and uncontrolled hunting.

IUCN Red List status: Endangered [1](updated on 03.02.11)

CITES: Appendix I [2](updated on 03.02.11)

Liberian Status: None [3]

Geographical Range: The species range extends throughout Liberia and includes the western edges of the Ivory Coast and is patchily distributed in Sierra Leone [4].

Description: The species has a blackish head and neck and a light grey to white collar which fades into a uniform grey body [5]. Facial glands are believed to look like a pair of eyes, and so the local name of ‘four eyes’ is sometimes used [5].

Habitat and Ecology: The Jentink’s Duiker is approximately 79cm in height and 64kg in weight [5]. It is generally seen on its own or in pairs [6]. It tends to shy and secretive by nature [6]. The species is thought to feed on forest fruit, seeds, leaves, and tubers [6]. The Jentink’s Duiker is considered to be dependent on rainforest habitat, but is has been observed on the edges of plantations and cultivated areas [6].

Threats: The Jentink’s Duiker is considered exceptionally rare [5] and is thought to be in decline [4]. The main threats to the species are the destruction of forest habitat and uncontrolled hunting [4].


[1] IUCN 2010. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2010.4. <>. Downloaded on 10 February 2011.

[2] UNEP-WCMC. 3 February, 2011. UNEP-WCMC Species Database: CITES-Listed Species.

[3] The Government of Liberia’s Forest Development Authority. [online] Available at: <> [Accessed 01.02.11] [4] IUCN SSC Antelope Specialist Group 2008. Cephalophus jentinki. In: IUCN 2010. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2010.4. <>. Downloaded on 03 February 2011

[5] Spinage, C.A., 1986. The Natural History of Antelopes. Croom Helm Publishers Ltd., Kent, U.K.

[6] Peal, A.L. and Kranz, K.R., 1990. Chapter 12: Liberia. Pp. 47-51. In: East, R. 1990. Antelopes: West and Central Africa Pt. 3: Global Survey and Regional Action Plans. World Conservation Union.

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