I got a chance to see Isaac working his magic with one of the yellow-backed duikers a few days ago. I always enjoy seeing them as I walk up the hill, but had never seen them interacting with a keeper before. They're fairly new to being on exhibit and seem like shy and cautious animals, but are settling in well. The yellow-backed duiker is a forest dwelling antelope found mainly in Central and Western Africa. They get their name from the characteristic patch of yellow hairs on their rump, which stand when they're alarmed or feel threatened. A look at that lovely face somehow transports me to a forest in the Chronicles of Narnia. I imagine C.S. Lewis must have been inspired by looking into the doe eyes of such beautiful creatures as this.
Keywords:Antelope, San Diego Zoo, Yellow-backed Duiker