Cuvier's Gazelle

(Gazella cuvieri)


Cuvier's Gazelle IUCN ENDANGERED (EN)


Facts about this animal

The Cuvier's Gazelle is a fairly robust gazelle, larger than the Dorcas and Slender-horned Gazelles. It weighs up to 35 kg and has a shoulder height of about 70 cm. The spiralled horns are present in both sexes, and may reach 35 cm in length. The dark brown back, head and legs is in contrast with the white belly and rump patch.

The Cuvier's Gazelle was quite widespread in North Africa early this century, but now extinct over most of their former range, and extremely rare in the few isolated and scattered populations that survive.

Did you know?
that, already in 1932, Cuvier's gazelles were considered one of the rarest gazelles? They declined due to hunting for skins, meat and as a trophy, especially after motorized hunting with modern firearms became feasible. Loss of habitat due to continuous expansion of pastureland for livestock and deforestation for agriculture or charcoal appears to be the main threat now.


Name (Scientific) Gazella cuvieri
Name (English) Cuvier's Gazelle
Name (French) Gazelle de Cuvier
Name (German) Cuviergazelle
Name (Spanish) Gacela de Cuvier
CITES Status Appendix I
CMS Status Appendix I Sahelo-Saharan Antelope Action Plan



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Colin Burnett



Range Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia
Habitat Rocky and sandy areas, open oak and pine forests
Wild population Approx.: 1,750 – 2,950 (Red List IUCN)
Zoo population 95 reported to ISIS

In the Zoo

Cuvier's 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

Cuvier's gazelle is very rare in the wild. Its distribution range as well as its population size has decreased a lot for the last eighty years. Only small scattered groups remain at present in Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia. Ex-situ breeding programmes developed by zoos have raised the world captive population of this species over 250 individuals. From this captive population reintroduction projects can be undertaken, which are the only hope for the survival of this species in its original distribution range in Northern Africa.