Thomson's Gazelle

Scientific name

Gazella thomsonii

Weight

15 to 35 kilograms (33 to 77 pounds)

Size

55 to 82 centimeters at the shoulder (21 to 32 inches)

Life span

About 10.5 years in the wild

Habitat

Open plains and grassland

Diet
Herbivorous
Gestation

6 months

Predators
Cheetahs, lions, leopards, hunting dogs, hyenas, humans
Estimated population of
207,000
individuals
Can run up to
70
kilometers per hour
Population declined about
65%
from 1970-2000
Thomson's Gazelle

Challenges

Thomson’s gazelles are victims of hunting.

They are often found on ranches and farmlands after many animals have left, feeding on the short grasses exposed by cattle. Here, they are an easy target and are often shot or snared for food.

Humans are encroaching on their living spaces.

The Thomson’s gazelle’s habitat is decreasing as human populations grow and agriculture, settlements, and roads expand.

Solutions

Our solutions to protecting the Thomson’s gazelle:

Protected Area
Set aside space for wildlife.

African Wildlife Foundation works with governments and villages to designate wildlife corridors — large swaths of land that wildlife use to roam freely and safely from one park, or country, to another. Corridors link protected areas and allow species to follow rains or travel to their calving grounds.

Sprout
Provide agricultural training.

AWF engages communities living near wildlife to create sustainable practices for agricultural and settlement growth by providing training on best practices and incentivizing conservation agriculture when appropriate. These techniques maximize revenue while ensuring agriculture minimizes its impact on Thomson’s gazelles and other wildlife.

Thomson's Gazelle
Thomson's Gazelle

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