The Kirks Dik-dik lives in eastern and southwestern Africa. These are very shy creatures, spending much of their time hidden in bushland.
This animal eats a wide range of plants. It has hooves with rubbery bottoms, which are effective when travelling over rocky terrain. In addition, its long nose acts as a heat exchange system to cool blood travelling to the brain.
The name dik-dik is an imitation of their call of alarm. The name of the genus, Madoqua, comes from the Amharic word medaqqwa, meaning small antelope.
The picture of this Kirks Dik-dik was taken at the Wild Animal Park of San Diego, California, in March 2004.
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