It’s a girl!
Welcome our newest baby, a yellow-backed duiker. The 11.4 pound female was born to mother, Dot and father, Dash. Dot came to the Virginia Zoo in early 2013 from the Houston Zoo and is 5 years old (she just celebrated her birthday on the 4th!). Dash is younger at 2 years old, and came from the Metro Richmond Zoo in 2014. We’ve seen Dot nursing, cleaning and caring for her baby and she’s doing a great job. The family is being kept indoors to get established, plus the baby needs to stay warm in these cold winter days. See mom and baby in action with our videos.
About Yellow-backed duikers
Yellow-baked duikers are found in forests, ranging from south-western Senegal through all West African countries. The species is listed as least concern, with a total population estimated at more than 150,000. Yellow-backed duikers are the largest of all the duikers. Both males and females have short cylindrical horns which are ribbed at the base and reddish-brown hair sits between the horns.