Gerenuk

A giraffe look-alike antelope

Regina Hart

A captivating antelope species native to the arid and semi-arid regions of East Africa. It’s often called the “giraffe-necked” antelope because of its remarkable long and slender neck, which enables it to access vegetation that’s usually beyond the reach of other antelope species. This adaptation proves especially useful in its arid habitat, where food can be scarce. By stretching on its hind legs, the Gerenuk can browse on leaves, shoots, and twigs from bushes and trees that would otherwise be inaccessible.

In terms of appearance, Gerenuks have a sleek and slender build, with a russet to reddish-brown coat on their back, contrasting with a white underbelly. Their large, expressive eyes and small, pointed snout give them an alert and elegant look. Both males and females have S-shaped, ridged horns that extend backward from their forehead, and these horns can grow to impressive lengths.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Djibouti
2016
Ethiopia
2016
Kenya
2016
Somalia
2016
Tanzania
2016

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No