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  Thomson's Gazelle
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A commonly found small gazelle of about 70 cm and 25 kg, a distinctive black stripe along the side, and both the male and the female sport slender, ringed horns. The commonly called ?Tommy? is usually found in large herds of up to 60 individuals, usually led by an older female and the herd contains a single adult male. They eat mainly leaves and grass and seldom drink, getting all the water they need from dew on the grass. These gazelles are favourite prey of many of the savannah?s predators ? lion, cheetah, hyena, hunting dogs etc. Their saving grace is not just their keen sense of sight and hearing, but also their ability to turn faster than their predators, jump 10 feet in the air and leap 30 feet in one go. Tommies are often found with other grazers on the savannah, such as wildebeest, Grant?s gazelle and zebra. After a gestation period of 5 months, the mother will give birth to a single fawn, which she keeps hidden in the long grass for several weeks before mother and young rejoin the group. That usually does not happen until the fawn is able to run well.

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  • Updated Jan 11, 2005
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