Monday, September 19, 2011

Do you Gnu? Or dik-dik?

Wildebeest are by far the most numerous antelope in Africa, and they give Topi a run for their money in the stupid-looking category. Large groups are invariably in the company of zebra, who migrate with them. Zebra provide the eyesight the wildebeest are deficient in, while wildebeest unfailingly find their way to just the right places where the grass is freshest, a nice bit of symbiosis.

These are dik-dik, a tiny antelope, only about 12-16 inches at the shoulder. As a common prey animal, they are very good at holding quite still and looking as invisible as possible, so I felt very fortunate to be able to get these photos.

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