Keepers Raise Tiny Dik Dik at Pueblo Zoo
November 01, 2014
When a Kirk’s Dik Dik was born in mid-October at thePueblo Zoo, keepers were thrilled. But when his mother did not feed the male calf, keepers stepped in to provide daily care.
Photo Credit: Pueblo Zoo
Though they look like miniature deer, Dik Diks are small antelope that stand just over a foot high at the shoulder. Found on eastern Africa’s savannahs, Dik Diks may appear small and vulnerable. But their excellent eyesight and ability to run up to 26 miles per hour enable them to escape predatory lions, hyenas, and wild dogs.
In addition, Dik Diks run in zig-zags as they escape, further confounding their pursuers. As they flee, females emit an alarm call that sounds like “dik dik,” hence their name.
Dik Diks are widespread in Kenya and Tanzania, and populations are considered stable.