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Damara Dik-dik - Nosed up A Damara Dik-dik, as photographed in the wilds of Africa.  Although this photograph leaves much to desire for, it is indicative of the unique snout / nose of this rare and very small antelope species.  Geotagged,Kirks dik-dik,Madoqua kirkii,Namibia,adorable,antelope,beautiful,cute,fantastic,markings,nose,petite,rare,small,snout Click/tap to enlarge PromotedCountry intro

Damara Dik-dik - Nosed up

A Damara Dik-dik, as photographed in the wilds of Africa. Although this photograph leaves much to desire for, it is indicative of the unique snout / nose of this rare and very small antelope species.

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  1. Excellent shot, love the toma haircut! Posted 4 years ago
    1. Thanks Ferdy ... with the poor lighting conditions, this was the best I could do with these elusively shy animals. Posted 4 years ago
      1. It looks fine to me :) Posted 4 years ago
  2. From today's Facebook post:

    Kirk’s Dik-dik is a shy, dainty antelope with large, gorgeous eyes, prominent preorbital glands, and a mobile snout. And, they are tiny! Kirk’s Dik-dik only stands 35-45 cm (14-18 in) tall and weighs no more than 7 kg (16 lb)! They are native to eastern Africa and are adapted to survive in very arid habitats. They drink very little water, and rely instead on the plants they eat in order to obtain water. Interestingly, they excrete the driest poop and most concentrated urine of any ungulate. They literally don’t waste a drop of water, even in their waste. Furthermore, by resting in the shade, being mostly nocturnal, and panting through their noses, they are able to withstand the hot, dry climate.

    Their unusual common name comes from their alarm call, which some think sounds like “dik-dik”. I think that it perhaps sounds more like a wheezing whistle or a dog’s squeaky chew toy. Either way, “dik-dik” is much more fun to say than this creature’s scientific name, Madoqua kirkii. When threatened, they run up to 40km/hr (25mph) in a zig-zag pattern while whistling through their noses. Pretty cute indeed! {Spotted in Namibia by JungleDragon user, Living Wild} #JungleDragon
    Posted one month ago

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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

Similar species: Even-toed Ungulates
Species identified by Living Wild
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Uploaded Jan 16, 2015. Captured Jan 12, 2015 14:26 in Etosha National Park, Dik-Dik Drive, Namibia.
  • Canon EOS REBEL T2i
  • f/6.3
  • 1/166s
  • ISO400
  • 370mm