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Did You Know? D is for Dik-Dik

Tracey Campbell - October 22, 2013

I am sure all you hardened safari goers knew D was for Dik-Dik. I was sorely tempted to do D is for Dinosaur, but sensibility prevailed at the end of the day, so Dik-Dik it is.

So here goes – 10 useful and interesting facts about this little fellow:

1.  The dik-dik is the smallest antelope found in Africa.

2. They stand a mere 30-40 cm at the shoulder (ahhh, sooo sweet!)

3. Females are larger than the males.

4.  Only the males have horns which are a massive 7.5 cm…

5.  They are called dik-dik after the alarm call made by the females.

6.  They normally live in pairs and will mate for life.

7.  There are 4 species of dik-dik – the Gunther’s dik-dik, the Kirk’s dik-dik; the Silver dik-dik and the Salt’s dik-dik.

8.  Females weigh about 560 to 680 g (1.2–1.4 lb) at birth, while males weigh 725 to 795 g (1.5–1.7 lb).

9.  The survival rate for baby dik-diks is only 50%.

10. They can reach speeds up to 42 km (26 miles) an hour.

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