Dik-Dik

Scientific name

Madoqua kirkii

Weight

3 to 6 kilograms (6 to 13 pounds)

Size

30 to 40.5 centimeters at the shoulder (12 to 16 inches) 52 to 67 centimeters in length (20 to 26 inches)

Life span

No data for in the wild; approximately up to 17 years in captivity.

Habitat

Ranges from arid, dense thorn scrub to thickets and open woodland, riverine woodlands, and open plains.

Diet

Herbivorous

Gestation

5 to 6 months

Predators

Humans, many small carnivores

Native to
6
African countries
Withstand temps. of
40
°C (104°F)
Gestate for
5 to 6
months
Dik-Dik

Challenges

Dik-diks don’t deserve to end up as jewelry or gloves.

People are the biggest threat to this species and have long hunted them, setting snares along their paths. Small bones from their legs and feet are used in traditional jewelry. Their skins are often made into suede for gloves. One hide is equivalent to one glove.

Expansion of agricultural settlement forces dik-diks to exist in unconventional conditions.

There are an estimated 971,000 or more individuals. The population trend is stable over large parts of their range but is decreasing in some densely settled areas. While there aren’t many obvious major threats to this species, the expansion of agricultural settlements and human populations affect their populations. However, their populations have become resilient to the vegetation changes that have accompanied human growth and can exist in scrub and in over-grazed areas.

Solutions

Our solutions to protecting the dik-dik:

Key Landmarks
Provide support for creating conservation businesses.

With the strategic support of African Wildlife Foundation, the Entonet/Elerai Maasai community opened Satao Elerai, a luxury lodge situated on 5,000 acres of land in Southern Kenya. Revenue from the lodge is reinvested into supporting the community and conserving wildlife such as the dik-dik.

Shovel
Equip staff.

We are also equipping park staff, including wardens and rangers, with the technology they need to monitor the park and help protect these animals from threats.

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