Dik Diks weigh from 10 to 12 pounds and are around 15 inches in height. They live up to 10 years in captivity but only 3 or 4 in the wild. Their main choice of habitat is both dense forest and open plains. They are not very picky about their habitat. Their main predators are humans, followed by numerous small carnivores. They are mainly found in the Kenya-Tanzania area of Africa and have excellent eye sight, scent and hearing. This helps them survive and they will tend to hide instead of running away from predators. They will also make a strange whistling sounds through their nose that sounds like “zik zik”, so it’s fairly clear how they got their name! Dik-diks are very loyal and will mate with each other for life. They are water-independent they get all the water they need through the water found in foliage, fruits and berries.

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