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Thomson's gazelle

Eudorcas thomsonii


Thomson's gazelle is a relatively small gazelle; it stands 55–82 centimetres (22–32 in) at the shoulder. Males weigh 20–35 kilograms (44–77 lb), while the slightly lighter females weigh 15–25 kilograms (33–55 lb). The head-and-body length is typically between 80 and 120 centimetres (31 and 47 in). Kingdon noted that physical measurements show a decrease from the northern to the southern parts of the gazelle's range. Facial characteristics of the gazelle include white rings around the eyes, black stripes running from a corner of the eye to the nose, rufous stripes running from the horns to the nose, a dark patch on the nose and a light forehead. Close view of a Thomson's gazelle. Note the facial markings and the lateral stripe. The coat is sandy brown to rufous; a distinctive black band runs across the flanks, from the upper foreleg to just above the upper hindleg. A buff band can be seen just above the black stripe. Short black streaks mark the white rump. The black tail measures 15–27 centimetres (5.9–10.6 in).


Endless savannah in the Mara triangle, Masai Mara National Reserve.

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Benno Ibold
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Benno Ibold

Narok, Kenya

Lat: -1.63, Long: 35.35

Spotted on Jul 21, 2017
Submitted on Sep 28, 2017

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