Dikdiks are one of the smallest antelopes in the world. Frightened dik-diks can run at a speed of 40 km/h. Native to Africa. At the Wrocław Zoo you can observe them in the Africarium. Dikdiks can be found upstairs, they live next door to mongooses. The youngest dik-dik is doing well, although due to his timid nature he rarely appears on the run. It is even more alert than adults and stays close to its mother.
– Dikdiks breed successfully in our country and each year they cause quite a sensation. They are one of our visitors’ favorites, which is hardly surprising. These are the 26th babies of this species born in our zoo, which is a breeding success – says Joanna Kasprzak, president of the management board of ZOO Wrocław. – Most of the offspring have already gone to other zoos, thanks to which they have joined the gene pool in European zoos, and one even went to Singapore.
In the wild, dikdiks live for about 3-4 years, which is up to three times shorter than in zoos. Their natural enemies are quite numerous – due to their small size, dikdiks are food for many animal species. They are hunted by, among others, wild cats: cheetahs and leopards, but also by jackals and Masai baboons. Birds of prey, such as eagles, are also a threat to dik-diks.
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