Congratulations to our female Kirk’s Dik-dik, Daenerys, who continues to live up to her name of ‘mother of dik-diks’ as she gave birth to another single calf on 19th August!

Daenerys is an experienced mother with this new-born being her sixth offspring to date! After a successful birth, the young calf started to find its feet, trying to stand, and following mum so that it could suckle. The Animal Care Team are delighted at the little one’s progress and have since sexed the calf as male and named him Gregg!

The Kirk’s dik-dik is one of the smallest members of the antelope family, measuring a maximum of 45cm high at the shoulder with a maximum body length of just 80cm! This species comes from eastern and southwest Africa and likes to eat shoots, twigs, leaves, fruit, and flowers. In the wild, they are so well adapted to the conditions of the African bush that they do not need to drink. Instead, they get all the water they need from the plants they eat! On the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, the Kirk’s dik-dik is classed as ‘Least concern’.  

On your next visit, do stop by to see if you can spot the family of Kirk’s dik-dik here at Colchester Zoo down at Edge of Africa.

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