Latin name: Eudorcas thomsonii
Small but Fast!
- It's one of the savannah's smallest gazelles with a weight varying between 13 and 30 kg. When sprinting, it can reach 80 km/hr. It is one of the rare animals to give the cheetah, the fastest animal on earth, a little competition.
- In situations of stress, it springs one metre into the air, four feet off the ground, in a behaviour called stotting.
- It drinks very little, taking what hydration it needs from the food it consumes and the dew deposited on vegetation.
- The zebra, the gnu and the Thomson's gazelle represent 60% of the ungulate biomass in the Serengeti. This number moves up to nearly 94% when only the eastern plains are considered.
- Populations are declining due to a shortage of water, the impact of tourism, modifications to their habitat, the increase in roadways and farming.