Klein-Dik-Dik Madoqua saltiana (Desmarest, 1816)


English: Salt’s Dik Dik; French: Dik-Dik de Salt; Amharic: Yesolt Enshoo, Inshu; Arabic: Um Digdig; Somali: Sakaro.

Former distribution: As now.
Present distribution: Ethiopia and Somalia.
Behaviour: Preferred habitat: evergreen scrub and bushes on the foothills of mountains; browsers on leaves, bushes, twigs, shoots and roots; activity diurnal; they live singly or in pairs. Predators include leopards, serval cats, caracals, jackals, civets and pythons.
Population status: No records, probably stable.
Brief notes:
Body weight: 3-4 kg
Head and body length: 55-70 cm
Tail length: 3-5 cm
Shoulder height: 35-40 cm
Gestation period: 6 months
Maximum age: 3-4 years in the wild, 10 years in captivity.
Trophy: Record SCI: 10 5/8 score, 1983 Ethiopia, HUCK SPALDING ;average 6 score. RW’s: 3 3/8″, 1983 Ethiopia, HUCK SPAULDING; average 2 1/4.
Hunting methods: With beaters, dogs and nets.
Subspecies: Not yet clearly defined; the author lists M.s. phillipsi, M.s. cordeauxi to the above species.
Remarks: The geographical limits of the subspecies must be reconfirmed; more information required.