Dik Dik :

April 12th, 2010

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Vertebrata

Class: Mammalia

Order: Artiodactyla

Family: Bovidae

Genus: Madoqua

Body Length: 55-77 cm

Shoulder Height: 35-45 cm

Tail Length: 4-6 cm

Weight: 2.7-6.5 kg

Dik diks are predominantly active in the morning and late afternoon. They are to be found elusive creatures, expenses much of their period hidding in bush land. In command to safeguard water, dik dik have very dry faeces and the most determined urine of all ungulates. This supports them to stay alive long days without right to use to water. Multiplicity of environments extending from dry scrub domains to moister thickets and grass lands.

In adding to the female’s alarm call both the male and female brand a shrill screeching sound. These calls every so often alert a variability of supplementary animals to a few disturbances in the area. As a result, hunters regard dik-diks as an annoyance and have killed great numbers in the past in order to preclude them from terrifying away disposed animals.

Tree and shrub leaves, buds, flowers, pods, grass, and herbs. Needs much salt and little water. Dik-diks are disturbed principally by video display unit lizards, smaller cats such as the caracal, as well as lions, hyenas, wild dogs, and humans.

The dik-dik’s foremost marauders are leopards, cheetahs, jackals, baboons, eagles and pythons. They are intelligent to emancipation them with their outstanding sightedness and capability to influence speeds up to 42 kilometers 60 minutes.

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