Kirk's Dik dik (Madoqua kirkii)

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Details of Kirk's Dik dik (Madoqua kirkii)

 Dikdiks are very unique creatures with pointed, mobile snouts, large ears, round eyes, long hind legs, and short undeveloped tails. The elongated nose is essential for nasal panting (often called breathing), which helps the animal survive harsh, dry temperatures and prevent water loss. All dikdiks have large pre orbital glands right below the inside corner of the eye which secrete dark sticky substances used to mark territory boundaries. Only male dikdiks have tiny, sharp horns. Although the dikdik is one of the most beautiful animals to see in Africa, it is very difficult to spot one. They dart in and out of bushes really fast, and do not enjoy human company very much!

Height: 39 cm

Weight: 5 kg

Active: Day and Night

Habitat: Thick wood

Food: Leaves, fruit, not water dependent

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Dikdiks are very unique creatures with pointed, mobile snouts, large ears, round eyes, long hind legs, and short undeveloped tails. The elongated nose is essential for nasal panting (often called breathing), which helps the animal survive harsh, dry temperatures and prevent water loss. All dikdiks have large pre orbital glands right below the inside corner of the eye which secrete dark sticky substances used to mark territory boundaries. Only male dikdiks have tiny, sharp horns. Although the dikdik is one of the most beautiful animals to see in Africa, it is very difficult to spot one. They dart in and out of bushes really fast, and do not enjoy human company very much!

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