They’re so small the adults look like fawns.
They’re called dik-diks (for the sounds they make when panicked), and two of them have recently arrived at the Kansas City Zoo. The African antelopes are on exhibit near the swinging bridge to the gorilla exhibit.
“They’re very cute little hoofstock,” said Josh Murray, assistant manager in the zoo’s living collections department.
These dik-diks are a breeding pair. The nearly 6-year-old female was born at the San Diego Wildlife Park, and the 1 1/2-year-old male was born at the Dallas zoo. They both came here from the Pueblo, Colo., zoo.
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They are Kirk’s dik-diks, one of a handful of subspecies. The males have horns but the females do not, so they are easy to tell apart.
The Kansas City Zoo has previously had dik-diks, including a newborn in 2007. They can live 10 years in captivity. Dik-diks are not endangered, but they are common prey for lions, hyenas, jackals and monitor lizards.