Thomson’s gazelle

The black and white stripes on the golden brown face add to its beauty.

Ikiwaner

This species adapts to limited food and water supply by reducing the size of organs, including the liver and heart. This organ shrinkage helps them to cope with decreased oxygen availability. It allows them to enjoy an arid lifestyle without dehydration. The male and female are easily distinguishable by horns, as males have larger and more prominent ones.

Did you know that they give cheetahs a run for their reputation by running at speeds up to 70 km/h (45 mph)? Yes, cheetahs might get tired shortly, which enables gazelle to outrun them. Moreover, the high jumps with stiff legs don’t signal excitement; instead, it means there must be a predator nearby, and it’s time to run.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Kenya
2018
Tanzania
2018

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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