- Posted February 16, 2012 by
San Diego, California
313 - Thomson's Gazelle
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Age: 6 years
Species: Thomson's Gazelle (Gazella thomsoni thomsoni)
#313 is mother of 5 and the Thomson’s gazelle is one of 10 gazelle species found throughout Africa. They are found on open, short grass plains in southeastern Sudan, Kenya and Tanzania. In the Serengeti region, they spend the rainy season in the grasslands and the dry season in the bush country or lowland hills. When agitated, Thomson’s gazelles display a number of signals, like skin shivering, foot stamping, tail waving and high bouncing leaps. The leaping is called “stotting” and is a diversionary tactic designed to confuse predators, it also gives a clear view of what lies ahead. The Thomson’s gazelle weigh on average 50 pounds and are capable of running 50 mph for a considerable distance. They are the favorite prey of the cheetah.
Special thanks to the San Diego Zoo for lending me Animal Ambassador Rick Schwartz and opening the zookeeper doors.
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