Scientific Name: Madoqua kirkii
Size: 14 to 16 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 10 to 12 pounds
Lifespan: 3 to 4 years, 10 years in captivity
Habitat: Dense forest to open plains
Dik-Dik, a slender dwarf antelope found in the dry bushlands of East Africa. It stands about 14 inches (36 cm) high at the shoulder and weighs 6 to 7 pounds (2.7 to 3.2 kg). The female is usually heavier than the male. Only the male has horns.
What does a Dik-Dik look like?
The Dik-dik has a soft, grizzled gray to brown coat It has hooves with rubbery bottoms, which are effective when traveling over rocky terrain. Dikdiks have large dark eyes surrounded by a white ring. A black spot below the inside corner of each eye.
Where do Dik-Dik live?
The Dik- dik lives in grasslands of southern Africa. Dik-diks seek habitats with plentiful supply of edible plants such as shrubs, but prefer plants that are not so tall as to obstruct their sight lines. They live in open plains amongst other grass-eaters such as giraffes, zebras, and other antelopes. Dik-diks may live in places as varied as dense forest or open plain, but they must have good cover and not too much tall grass or plants
What does a Dik-Dik eat?
Dikdiks eat foliage, shoots, fruit and berries. They are water-independent, getting water from the vegetation they eat. Appropriately, they are largely nocturnal, avoiding the heat of the day and unnecessary water loss.
Did you know this about the Dik Dik?
When frightened or disturbed, the dikdik produces a whistling sound through the nose that sounds like "zik-zik," from which its name is probably derived.
Salt is important to the dikdik's diet, but it does not need to drink as sufficient liquid is contained in the plants it consumes.
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