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28 / 11 / 2019
Tiny new arrival at Wild Place Project

One of the world’s smallest species of antelopes has been born here at Wild Place Project.
 
The youngster is a Kirk’s dik-dik who tips the scales at just 750g - less than a bag of sugar.
 
The tiny calf was born to mum Streusel and dad Croissant and has been named Macaroon.
 
He is the third Kirk’s dik-dik to be born here in the past 12 months.
 
Joe Norman, animal team leader said: “He is bonding well with his mum and she is being really attentive.
 
“Dik-diks are beautiful animals and it is always special when one of them is born. We are hoping he will settle down well with the rest of the group.”
 
The new arrival and his mum have been kept inside their heated house because of the cold, but they will soon be outside in their enclosure in the Walled Garden for visitors to see.

Dik-diks are native to 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.

They are very small, even when fully grown they stand at just 40cm (16 inches) tall. They are hunted by leopards, caracals, lions, hyenas, wild dogs and birds of prey but they have excellent eyesight and can run up to 42 km/h (26 mph) which helps them escape.
 
The dik-dik population in zoos and wildlife parks is part of a breeding programme monitored by the European Stud Book based at Hannover Zoo.
 
Next time you're at Wild Place Project, come and visit the Kirk's dik-dik in the Walled Garden

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