African souls: XIII

Every morning in Africa, an antelope wakes up. It knows it must outrun the fastest lion, or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest antelope, or it will starve. It doesn’t matter whether you’re the lion or an antelope – when the sun comes up, you’d better be running (African Proverb).

Facts: One of my favorite antelope is this cute antelope called Kirk’s dik-dik (Madoqua kirkii). Kirk’s dik-dik are a small antelope species from east Africa. They are a fawn colour, which is excellent camouflage in their savannah habitat.

All dik-diks take their name from the call they make when startled. They will jump from their hiding place and move in a series of zig-zag leaps whilst making the „dik-dik“ call. This movement aims to confuse predators.

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