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20 / 09 / 2018
New heart-melting arrival at Wild Place Project
One of the smallest antelopes in the world has been born at Wild Place Project.
 
The tiny male dik-dik arrived in the early hours of Sunday morning at the popular wildlife park on the outskirts of Bristol.
 
He has doleful dark eyes and tips the scales at just 1kg, the same as a bag of sugar, and is just 20 cm (8 inches) tall.
 
Kirk’s dik-diks are found in eastern and southern Africa and get their name from the distinctive trumpet-like call which the females emit to raise an alarm, to harass predators or publicise the presence of a mated pair.

Even when they are fully grown they are still small, standing just 40 cm (16 inches) tall.
 
This new arrival at Wild Place Project, which is just off junction 17 of the M5, was born to mum, Sponge and dad, Croissant.
 
Joe Norman, animal team leader at Wild Place Project, said: “He is strong and healthy and is feeding well from his mum.”
 
He is the third dik-dik calf to be born at the park in just over a year. The first was Filo, who arrived in August last year. The second, Crumble, was born five months ago.
 
The new dik-dik calf is already spending time exploring the outdoors and is nesting under one of the willow trees.
 
Joe said: “He is outside in the nettles. It’s still quite warm and he is quite content. When he is feeding he is out and about so visitors have a good chance of seeing him.”
 
The new-born calf and his fellow dik-diks can be found at Wild Place Project in the Walled Garden, near the meerkats and threatened birds.
 
Visitors to Wild Place Project can see animals from Madagascar, Ethiopia, west-central Africa and the Congo and find out how they are helping to conserve them in the wild.
 
Guests can also take a stroll in the woods, relax in the Tower Meadow or have fun in the undercover Fun Fort.