The Kirk’s Dik-Dik (Madoqua kirkii) is a small mammal in the Bovidae family of antelopes. It is native to eastern Africa.
The Kirk’s Dik-Dik is one of the smallest antelopes in the world. It grows to 35-46 centimetres (14-18 inches) tall.
The Kirk’s Dik-Dik’s photographed are both males. Only the male has horns. The horns are backward slanting and short at 8 centimetres (3 inches) long.
The Kirk’s Dik-Dik forms a monogamous pair and mates for life. They live together in dry bushlands where they can hide.
The male and female pair forms a strong bond and don’t like being apart from each other. Young males also form strong bonds until they are old enough to live in their own territory. The older offspring is the one that leaves the family to create his own territory.
The photographed Kirk’s Dik-Diks are not separated – there is an opening in the wall near the window.
Location of photograph: Paris Zoo, France
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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