home Trophies Testimonials Ten Day Package Seven Day Package Six Day Package Free Range Package Buffalo Special Package Hunting With Us Bow Hunting Ladies Luxury Hunt Taxidermy Photos Videos Tiger Fishing Bass Fishing Game Fishing Deep Sea Fishing Salt Water Fly Fishing Rock & Surf Angling Hunting Information References FAQ Links Metric Conversions Eastern Cape KwaZulu-Natal Kimberley Zululand Contact Us Wishlist Enquire Now Meet The Team Why Choose Us Oryx/Gemsbuck Blesbok Bontebok Bushpig Duiker, Blue Duiker, Grey Duiker, Red Eland Grysbuck Hartebeest Impala Klipspringer Kudu Nyala Oribi Red Lechwe Reedbuck, Common Reedbuck, Mountain Roan Antelope Sable Springbuck Steenbuck Suni Tsessebe Vaal Rhebuck Warthog Waterbuck Wildebeest, Black Wildebeest, Blue Zebra First Timers to South Africa The Newsletter of Outdoor Connection Blind Bow Hunter shoots gold medal Nyala Terry Hagmann - Canada Tracey and Kimberley Samuelson - USA Mr Boceta - Spain German and Jake Ibarra - USA Andrew Caraher - Australia Steve Joiner and Family - USA Felix Rivero - USA Don Olson and Wife - USA Milak Pomares - USA Chris Lowe, Brett Stokes and Simon Stone - Australia Game of Africa Rory de Wilde and Father Mike Toedtli - UK Eddie and Hunter Gomez - USA Rick, Madison and Hunter Wieder - USA The Designer Boys
Interested in hunting? Call +27722931414 for more info


Neotragus moschatus [Von Dueben, 1846]

  • Citation: In Sundevall, Ofv. K. Svenska Vet.-Akad. Forhandl., Stockholm, 3(7):221
  • Type locality: Tanzania, Chapani Isl., 2 mi. (3 km) from Zanzibar

General Characteristics

  • Body Length: 57-62 cm / 1.9-2 ft.
  • Shoulder Height: 33-38 cm / 13-15 in.
  • Tail Length: 8-13 cm / 3.2-5.2 in.
  • Weight: 4-6 kg / 9-13 lb.

The general coat colour is reddish brown, with the back darker than the flanks and legs, and the head and muzzle reddish. The underparts, including the chin, throat, and insides of the legs, are white. There is a lighter ring around the eye. The legs are ringed with a black band just above the hooves. The wideset, black-coloured horns, borne only by males, are ridged for most of their length, and grow 6.5-13.3 cm / 2.6-5.3 inches long, slanting back in line with the face.

Ontogeny and Reproduction

  • Gestation Period: About 6 months
  • Young per Birth: 1
  • Weaning: About 2 months
  • Sexual Maturity: 1-1.5 years.
  • Life span: Up to 10 years

Most births occur from November to March. Slightly darker than adults, the young are kept hidden.

Ecology and Behavior

The suni is primarily active during the evening and night, sleeping the rest of the day in a shady, sheltered area. These shy antelope have excellent camouflage, which they use to their advantage. When danger starts to approach, the suni freezes, remaining hidden until the threat is nearly on top of them, at which point it leaps up and dodges around bushes and shrubs, quickly vanishing into the undergrowth. Males defend territories of about 3 hectares, scent-marking the boundaries with preorbital gland secretions. On the peripheries of each defended area may be individual or communal dung piles. Each male generally associates with a single female, even if several others share his territory. Weak barking and sharp whistling have been reported.

  • Family group: Pairs or small groups of a single male and a few females.
  • Diet: Leaves, buds, shoots, fungi, fruits, rarely grasses
  • Main Predators: All predators the size of the suni and up, including cats, birds of prey, and snakes


Dry country with dense, tangled underbrush in southeastern Africa.

Conservation Status

The suni is classified as a low risk, conservation dependent species by the IUCN (1996).

Web site and all contents © Copyright Chumlet Safaris 2012-2018. All rights reserved.
5th Season Jazz Band Abigail's OI Pages AfriTan Aquarius Technologies artfarmassist Chalets on the Park Dawnside Farm Dundee High School EduBabe Fabulous Highway Athletics Club HMMI Kirklands Auctioneer KZNCSOC Lane & Associates Le Pona Lennox Guest House Lentas International MCC Morgan Coat Nxala Raunch Oval Boutique Guesthouse Potco Coal Pro Nobis School SAVF Dundee Aged Care SPCA Amanzimtoti Stok's Systems The Boys (Pty) Ltd The Impi ThinkTank Distributors Volt Energy Drink Wezandla Crafts Chumlet Safaris Reality at Last Designed by Teinstud / Freepik Currency data courtesy coinmill.com