Twycross Zoo in Leicestershire welcomed their first zoo baby of the year earlier this month with the arrival of a Kirk’s dik-dik.
A first for the zoo, the female dik-dik has been named Pogo Junior. Although still very small, weighing less than 1 kilogram at present, Junior is faring very well in her new surroundings.
Kirk’s dik-dik is a small antelope species originating from east Africa. Fawn colouring provides excellent camouflage within their natural habitat of dry scrublands, savannah woodlands and grasslands. Their unusual name is given because of the call they make when startled, and the dik-dik will move in a series of zig-zag leaps whilst making this call in a bid to confuse predators.
Matyas Liptovszky, Head of Conservation and Research at Twycross Zoo says: “We are thrilled by the birth of Pogo Junior. Not only is she the first baby of this species to be born at Twycross Zoo, she is also very cute, so I fully encourage visitors to come along and catch a glimpse of her!”
Junior is the first offspring for mother Spring, born in Hannover Zoo and moved to Twycross Zoo in April 2017, and father Pogo, also born in Hannover Zoo and moved to Twycross Zoo in August 2012.
Liptovszky concludes: “Junior is doing very well and is responding to her family and surroundings just as we would expect her to in these early days, which is very encouraging.”
Visitors to Twycross Zoo can now see Junior exploring her new surroundings under the watchful eye of her family. For more information and to book tickets visit www.twycrosszoo.org or call 0844 474 1777.