Kirk's dik-dik closeup in Tarangire, Tanzania
As the sun was setting on Tarangire NP, we were heading back to the lodge and already pretty close to it. Then we encountered this dik-dik very close to us, in a rare moment of serenity. It is quite uncommon to see them this relaxed. They are a wanted prey and always on high alert using their sensitive sense of smell and hearing. A lovely end of the day.
Kirk's dik-dik is a small antelope found in eastern and southwestern Africa. It grows to 70 cm in length and weighs up to 7 kg when fully grown, standing to a shoulder height of about 35–45 cm . It has a reddish-brown head and a tail that is 3.5–5.5 cm long.
It has a soft, grizzled gray to brown coat and eats a wide range of plants. It has hooves with rubbery undersides, which are effective when travelling over rocky terrain. Newborns are hidden for two to three.. more