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Royal Antelope (Neotragus pygmaeus) - Wiki
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Royal Antelope (Neotragus pygmaeus) - Wiki


[Photo] A Royal Antelope (Neotragus pygmaeus) at the San Diego Zoo. Date: 2009. Author: Mirko Raner. Image Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Royal_antelope.jpg

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Bovidae
Species: Neotragus pygmaeus

The Royal Antelope (Neotragus pygmaeus) is a West African antelope, only 25–30 cm (10–12 inches) tall and weighing only 3.2–3.6 kg (9–10 lb) — it is the smallest of all antelopes. Their calves are small enough to fit into the average person's open hand. It is light brown in colour, with a paler underbelly and slightly darker heads and flanks. The male has small, spike-like horns, about 2.5 cm (1 inch) long.

Royal Antelopes live in dense forests in West Africa, feeding on leaves and fruit in the undergrowth. They are mostly nocturnal and are very shy, reputedly able to leap 2.5 metres in one bound if disturbed. They are not gregarious, living on their own or occasionally in pairs.
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