Slender-horned Gazelle

(Gazella leptoceros)


Slender-horned Gazelle IUCN ENDANGERED (EN)


Facts about this animal

The Slender-horned gazelles are the palest of all gazelles, and the most desert-adapted, able to survive on dew and the moisture in vegetation. The males' horns are long, almost straight and grow to ca. 41 cm, the females' are smaller. They have slightly enlarged hooves for walking on sand. The head-body length is about 1 m, the weight is 20-30 kg.


Their populations are highly fragmented and often isolated. The Slender-horned Gazelle-also named the Rhim Gazelle-has suffered through habitat loss and is hunted for meat and its horns.

Did you know?
that the slender-horned gazelle is one of the palest, and also the most desert-adapted, of all gazelle species ? Its creamy colour provides camouflage in its native desert habitat, and also gives this delicate ungulate its other name - the sand gazelle.


Name (Scientific) Gazella leptoceros
Name (English) Slender-horned Gazelle
Name (French) Gazelle à cornes fines, Rhim
Name (German) D√ľnengazelle
Name (Spanish) Rhim
Local names Thim, Riehm, Ghazal, Abiad (Arabic), Akukri (Tuareg)
CITES Status Appendix I
CMS Status Appendix I



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Range Northern Africa
Habitat Sandy and stony deserts
Wild population Just a few hundred and decreasing (Red List IUCN 2011)
Zoo population 109 reported to ISIS

In the Zoo

Slender-horned Gazelle


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

The slender-horn gazelle is rated endangerd and populations in the wilkd are declining. Therefore, an International Studbook and, in North America, a regional coordinated breeding programme have been established with a view of maintaining a self-sustaining ex situ population.