Dik-diks have arrived

05.07.2016

Dik-diks are small antelopes that live in savannahs and semideserts of central and eastern Africa. They are timid and furtive animals — at the first sign of danger they hide in bushes, whistling alarm calls(that sound like «dik-dik» — hence the name). They spend most of the time in thickets of bushes, foraging and hiding from predators (their main enemies are cheetahs, leopards, and jackals). They cope with heat by starting to breathe more often: when the temperature goes up to 40 °C, they can make up to 400 breaths a minute! Also their blood cools while going through long nasal cavity — that’s why dik-diks have long snouts. Usually they’re active during mornings and evenings, and during the daytime they hide in bushes. Same in the zoo: to make sure you see dik-diks, come and visit them about 6–7 pm.

Dik-diks are momnogamous creatures. Usually a couple lives constantly in one area — they mark it and protect from invaders. In nature couples usually live separately with their offsprings, but in captivity males sometimes are kept with several females. Right now we have three young animals — two females and a male. They’re feeling fine and settling in.