Water chevrotain

Unlike most mammals, male water chevrotains are smaller than the female

Lisa Brewster

These animals have a very acute sense of smell and are exclusively nocturnal, only foraging at night. Water chevrotains are primarily herbivores and feed on fallen fruits on the forest floor. However, they have also been known to eat bugs and crab meat and even scavenge meat and fish. Also, they are known to hold their heads down while walking, which allows them to navigate easily through the thick forests.

According to data published by IUCN, the total population size of the Water chevrotain is 278,000, and presently, this species is classified as Least Concern. But recent evidence suggests that their number today is decreasing because of habitat loss and hunting.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Cameroon
2016
Central Af. Rep.
2016
Congo-Brazzaville
2016
Côte D’ivoire
2016
DR Congo (Kinshasa)
2016
Equatorial Guinea
2016
Gabon
2016
Ghana
2016
Guinea
2016
Liberia
2016
Nigeria
2016
Sierra Leone
2016
Togo
2016

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No