Dama (Mhorr) Gazelle
Facts about this animal
The Dama Gazelle is a medium-sized, slender antelope with a long neck and long legs. The horns are found in both sexes, though they are generally larger and thicker in males, growing 20-43 cm long. The neck and back are reddish brown and the head and the rump are white.
Did you know?
that the dama gazelle is the largest of all gazelle species? It weighs up to 85 kg and stands up to 108 cm tall at the shoulder.
|Name (Scientific)||Nanger dama|
|Name (English)||Dama (Mhorr) Gazelle|
|Name (French)||Gazelle dama|
|Name (German)||Damagazelle, Mhorrgazelle|
|Name (Spanish)||Gacela dama|
|Local names||Ariel/Mhorr (Arabic)|
|CITES Status||Appendix I|
|CMS Status||Appendix I|
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|Range||Sahara desert and Sahel. Remnant populations in Algeria, Chad, Mali, Niger, and Sudan. Reintroduction project at the Ferlo-North Faunal Reserve in Senegal (in 2007, the Katane Enclosure held 8 Mhorr gazelles). Regionally extinct in Libya, Mauritania, Morocco. Possibly regionally extinct in Nigeria and Western Sahara. Uncertain status in Cameroon and Gambia.|
|Habitat||Stony desert and semi-desert regions, grass and bush steppes with Acacia and Panicum spp.|
|Wild population||Less than 500, and the population is decreasing (Red List IUCN 2011)|
|Zoo population||386 reported to ISIS (2007), of which 32 subspecies unknown or subspecific hybrids, 162 G. d. mhorr, and 192 G. d. ruficollis.|
In the Zoo
How this animal should be transported
For air transport, Container Note 73 of the IATA Live Animals Regulations should be followed.
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Why do zoos keep this animal
Excessive hunting and loss of habitat to agriculture has drastically depleted Dama gazelle populations. The Mhorr gazelle specifically no longer exists in the wild. Ex-situ breeding and reintroduction programmes are the Mhorr gazelle's only hope for survival.