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More Zoo Baby News: Small Antelope Calf Born At Brookfield Zoo

July 06, 2018 - 8:09 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- More baby news from Brookfield Zoo!

Brookfield Zoo announced Thursday the birth of a male Kirk’s dik-dik, one of the world’s smallest antelope species.

The dik-dik was born June 4, weighing about 1.5 pounds.

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The calf will be handreared by animal care staff, as part of the Kirk’s dik-dik Species Survival Plan. He is being bottlefed four to five times a day and also given chopped hay. Staff will soon introduce him to new diet items such as grain and produce, according to the zoo. Once fully grown, the dik-dik calf will weigh approximately 12 to 14 pounds and measure 14 to 16 inches tall at the shoulder.

The calf has access to an outdoor habitat in the morning; therefore, he is not on display yet for zoogoers to see. Two adult dik-diks can be seen to guests during zoo hours.

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So what do dik-diks look like?

The small antelopes vary in color based on habitat, but can be best identified by their large, striking, dark eyes that are each surrounded by a white rings.

Dik-diks are herbivors that primarily eat foliage, shoots and berries. They can live in both dense forests and open plains and are found throughout Africa, particularly in the Kenyan, Namibian, Tanzanian, South African, Kazungula, Kilimanjaro regions.

Currently, there are 33 dik-dik antelopes in 15 accredited North American zoos.