Hani the gerenuk

common nameconservation status
 Gerenuk or giraffe gazelleNear Threatened (NT)
scientific namesize
Litocranius walleri ↑80-105 cm (31-41 in)
→140-160 cm (55-63 in)
familyweigh
Bovidae28-52 kg (62-115 lb)
orderlifespan
Artiodactyla 8-13 years
class gestation period
Mammalia7 months
 population diet
95,000 individuals Foliage of medium-height bushes.
habitatrange
They inhabit semi-arid areas with woody vegetation and brush. It is found in the Horn of Africa and the African Great Lakes region.

Did you know...

1.

“Gerenuk” means “Giraffe Necked” in the language of Somalia, which is where this species comes from.

 

2.

Unlike females, males have horns that show multiple rings and a more muscular and robust neck. They are also a little larger in size.

 

3.

The head of the gerenuk is small in comparison to its body, but its eyes and ears are not, which makes them look proportionally quite large.

 

4.

These animals live in groups made of females and their young or groups made of “single” males. There are also solitary males that are more territorial.

 

5.

This species is an example of adaptation to the surrounding environment. They can stand vertically on their hind legs and obtain with its long neck medium-height vegetation that is out of reach for other other gazelles or antelopes.

 

6.

This animal can live without drinking water. They obtain their moisture from the vegetation they eat, fruits and shoots.

7.

These animals have glands in the front of their eyes that emit a substance similar to tar, with a strong scent, that they use to mark their territory.

 

8.

Despite being an almost threatened species, these animals have key reproductive advantages: births occur throughout the year, they are very social animals and they don’t need water to survive. These makes them perfect candidates for breeding.

 

9.

After birth, females lick their babies clean and eat the placenta. They also clean them after feeding them milk. They do it to take away any scent that could attract predators.

 

10.

Fragmentation and habitat loss are the main threats to gerenuk’s decline in population.

 

11.

Its main predators are leopards, lions, jackals and wild dogs.

 

12.

Gerenuk babies are able to walk shortly after they are born and they start to stand up on their hind legs to eat when they are only two weeks old.

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