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Quick Facts
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Bovidae
Genus: Gazella
Species: thomsoni

Weight: 40 - 60 lbs
Gestation: 185 - 190 days
Offspring: 1
Life Span: 10 - 15 years

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Thomson's Gazelle

Gazella thomsoni

Thomsonís gazelle, or "tommies", have a light coat on top with a distinctive dark stripe on its side. Their horns are long and slightly curved.

Thomson's gazelles eat leaves and short grass. They get the water they need from the grass they eat.

Thomsonís gazelle can be found in Tanzania, Kenya, and southern Sudan. They mainly stay in the grassy plains where food is most abundant and the landscape is open enough to allow large herds.

Tommies are the preyWhat does prey mean? of many creatures, including cheetahs, cape hunting dogs, lions, honey badgers, jackals, hyenas, leopards, and crocodiles. Their young are preyed upon by serval cats, jackals, baboons, eagles, and pythons. Despite the large number of predatorsWhat does predators mean?, Thomson's gazelles can be found in numbers of up to 500,000 in Africa. Their only defense is to flee, and they are excellent escape artists. They can leap 10 feet into the air, jump 30 feet in a single bound, and make turns much faster than a cheetah can.

Thomsonís gazelles are very plentiful, living in herds of up to 200 members. During migrationWhat does migration mean?, thousands will travel together.

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