Damara Dik-dik (Madoqua kirkii damarensis)

Damara Dik-dik

Damara Dik-dik

The Damara Dik-dik (Madoqua kirkii damarensis) occurring in northern and central Namibia is a subspecies of the Kirk’s Dik-dik which is native to East Africa. With a shoulder height of up to 40 cm, the animals are among the smallest antelopes of Africa. I have seen and photographed these graceful creatures in the Etosha National Park, Namibia, in February 2007. Dik-diks favour comparatively dense woodlands with shrubs, but little grass. In these habitats they feed mainly on shoots, leaves, fruits, and flowers of woody plants and forbs. The antelopes live in monogamous pairs raising their offspring together. Its characteristic long snout is probably used as a means to cool down blood and reduce water loss by evaporation.

Damara Dik-dik

Damara Dik-dik

just a glance through the bush

just a glance through the bush

*yawn* tired dik-dik

*yawn* tired dik-dik

a couple

a couple

Damara Dik-dik

Damara Dik-dik

9 responses to “Damara Dik-dik (Madoqua kirkii damarensis)

    • thank you – the photograph could be better with all the shade and twigs etc. – but I think it still gives a good impression of their snout/nose… I am happy that you like the post as well as the little dik-diks! 🙂

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