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All Gazelles are Antelopes, but not all Antelopes are Gazelles

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All gazelles are Antelopes, but not all antelopes are gazelles. How is that? Did you know that?

That’s right, gazelles are among Antelopes’many species.

Antelope

Antelopes comprises of 91 species. its members are even-toed ungulates. They live in groups known as herds. They are native to Africa and Eurasia.

Their habitat ranges fro Savannah, forests and even semi-aquatic. They have been moved to different parts of their world for different reasons. Some due to their beautiful horns, for game hunting, among others.

Antelopes have been known for their running that helps them escape their predators. Some are able to spring jump while others are able to make long strides while running. This is irregardless of their very slender feet.

Antelopes resembles cow by how they partake their food. They are both ruminants. Meaning , they chew their food twice. During extraction from their source and before digestion. So they have to chew the cud.

They have eyes well placed at their side, strong sense of smell and hearing, camouflage body and staying in herd helps them escape preditors. Their eyes are able to cover a good radius with the help of horizontally elongated pupils. They normally feed againist the winds so as to get the preditor’s smell as they approach. They mix very well with their environment , making it difficult to spot.

Antelopes are sexually dimorphic. Meaning that , the males and females have different phyical characteristic. In most of the big antelope species, males are bigger than the females. While in smaller species, females are bigger than the males.

The differences include:

Presence of horns and their shape and size

One sex may have horn and the other may not have. Or both may have horns but of different shapes and sizes.

Pigmentation of their coats

One sex may have a darker pigmentation compared to their counterparts.

Sample of antelope species

These are some of the antelope species that you will spot in the Kenya during your safaris.

Wildebeest

Which comprises of two subspecies:

The blue wildebeest

The blue wildebeest

The black wildebeest

The black wildebeest

Sitatunga (Semi-aquatic antelope)

Sitatunga

Roan Antelope

Roan Antelope

Sable Antelope

Sable Antelope 

Waterbuck

Waterbuck

Eland (largest antelope species)

Which comprises of two subspecies:

The common eland

The common eland

The greater eland

The greater eland

Hartebeest

Hartebeest

Gerenuk (giraffe-necked antelope)

Male Gerenuk

Male Gerenuk

Steenbok

Steenbok

Bushbuck

Bushbuck

Klipspringer

Klipspringer

Kudus

Which comprises of two subspecies:

Lesser kudus

Lesser kudus

Greater kudus

Greater kudus

Topi

Topi

Impala

Impala

Oryx

Oryx

Bongo

Bongo

Dik dik

Dik dik

Gazelles

Subspecies found in Kenya include:

Thomson gazelles

Thomson gazelles

Grant’s gazelles

Grant's Gazelles

Dorcas gazelle

Dorcas gazelle

Gazelles

Did you know that the name gazelle was borrowed form Arabic Word ”gazal”. Which was mostly used in love poems. So we can say, gazelles are symbol of love.

They are medium-sized antelopes and resembles the deers.

Their coat is mostly tan-colored and have black stripes along their white tummies.They have different facial markings.

Their best shoot to escape predators is running. Which is coupled by spring jumps called “pronking”. They also do have a very interesting and unique way of notifying each other of a looming danger. They do this by either flicking their tails or stomping their feet.

They are social animals hence staying in herds. The herd includes females, young ones and dorminant male. But other males stay on their own groups known as bachelor’s herd.

Horns differ in both male and female gazelles. Females have short and smooth horns. While males will have ridged and curved horns.

So, have you understood the statement?

All Gazelles are Antelopes, but not all Antelopes are Gazelles.

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4 thoughts on “All Gazelles are Antelopes, but not all Antelopes are Gazelles”

  1. I had no idea there were so many species, and that all were so handsome! Thank you for introducing them.

    1. chechewi says:

      You are welcomed. This is your place to be for more information about wildlife. Thanks

  2. Orvillewrong says:

    An interesting and informative post!

    1. chechewi says:

      Thank you very much

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