Grant’s Gazelle is a large, rather pale, gazelle with a distinctive leaf-shaped mask around its eye. It has a white rump and the base of its tail is also white, this feature is emphasized by the dark stripe down the back of each thigh. Females occasionally also have a dark stripe along their flanks. Their shoulder size can grow up to 36 inches and can weigh up to 145 pounds. The horns are among the least elaborated and most conservative in shape, being almost straight.
These gazelles are often found in mixed groups alongside other herbivores e.g. Wildebeest, Zebras and Thomson’s Gazelle. They may occur in large numbers (up to 500 individuals) in suitable areas. They eat herbs and the foliage of shrubs most of the time except at the start of the wet season when they eat the grass while it is young and green.
Breeding is seasonal, but not firmly fixed. Gestation is approximately 7 months, and the young are born in areas that provide some cover. All the major predators kill Grant’s gazelle, but cheetahs and African hunting dogs are the most prevalent. In some areas jackals prey on the young. Because of its adaptation to semi-arid and subdesert ranges as well as its good meat and valuable skin, Grant’s gazelle has been one of the species that scientists consider as a potential source of protein for humans.
The life span of the grant gazelle is 12 years.
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