Grant’s gazelle

Famous for their “stotting” antics to impress others and deter predators


Grant’s gazelle


Famous for their “stotting” antics to impress others and deter predators

Population 140,000
50% decrease since the 1960s

At first glance, one might confuse it with the closely related Thomson’s gazelle, given their sleek, elegant physique and the tan and white coloration that characterizes both species. However, a closer observation reveals distinct differences that set Grant’s gazelle apart, notably its larger horns. These impressive appendages, which can spiral up to lengths far exceeding those of their Thomson’s counterparts, serve as a distinguishing feature, making them stand out amidst the vast array of savanna inhabitants.

Grant’s gazelle exhibits a fascinating behavioral adaptation related to their migratory patterns. Unlike animals that follow strict migratory routes, the movements of Grant’s gazelle are primarily dictated by food availability. This flexibility in their migration is crucial for their survival, allowing them to navigate the unpredictable changes in their environment, particularly in response to the seasonal variations that affect the availability of their preferred grasses and foliage. This ability to adapt their movements based on environmental cues underscores the dynamic nature of their existence within the ever-changing savanna landscape.

Another remarkable adaptation of Grant’s gazelle is their physiological response to the harsh African heat. By raising their body temperature during the hottest parts of the day, they reduce the need for sweating. This ingenious mechanism minimizes water loss, allowing them to conserve precious fluids and significantly reduce the risk of dehydration.

These gazelles are known for their readiness to defend their territories against rivals. Territorial disputes are common, with males engaging in dramatic displays of strength and agility to assert dominance and secure mating rights. Yet, it is not only the males that exhibit protective behaviors; females, too, demonstrate fierce loyalty and protectiveness, particularly when the safety of their fawns is at stake.


Population est.
South Sudan

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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