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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Artiodactyla
Family:Bovidae
Genus:Madoqua
Genus species:Madoqua kirkii

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:60-72 cm
Height:35-43 cm
Weight:4.5-6 kg
Identification:Kirk's dik dik is a whitish-gray color with white underparts, a white ring around eye, and an elongated nose. Males have small horns, but in this species females are slightly larger than males.
Habitat:Open grasslands, deserts, rocky outcrops
Diet:Herbivore: young green leaves, grasses
Reproduction:Dik diks breed throughout the year and pair for life. A single young is born after a gestation period of six months. Females usually give birth to two young each year.
Pairs of dik diks will gather to form larger groups near food.
Behavior:This is a very shy and secretive animal with most of its daily activities occurring at night.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:Common predators of the dik dik include leopards, caracals, servals, wild cats, and eagles.

Other Information

Geographic:Eastern Africa Date:1983-08 Subjects:even-toed ungulate
Kirk's dik dik
Madoqua kirkii
Dik-diks
Antelopes
Bovidae
Artriodactyla
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata
Ruminants
Ungulates