Thomson’s Gazelle - Gazella Thomsoni
Open plains and grasslands
Southern Kenya to northern Tanzania
Notably smaller than the Grant’s gazelle, but similar in shape and color. A dark side stripe runs from the shoulder to the flanks, with a white patch on the backside, which distinguishes its jet black tail. It has a dark tan coloring on the topside and a white underbelly.
Weight: 30 to 65 pounds. They can be between 23-28 inches tall at the shoulder.
Live in herds of up to 200 members.
10 to 15 years
Browser – herbivore; eats short grass left behind by larger ungulates such as wildebeest and zebras, which trample the tall grass. Grasses make up 90% of the diet in the dry season, but it also eats seeds and browses on shrubs.
They breed twice a year. Gestation is around 6 months long. Birthing takes place year round, but most births come right after the rainy seasons. After giving birth the mother hides the newborn in the grass, returning several times a day to nurse it. The young are capable of remaining still for long periods of time and their camouflage keeps them relatively invisible in the brush.
They are Near Threatened according to the IUCN and are part of an AZA Species Survival Plan.
AZA cooperatively manages this species as a Species Survival Plan® Program.
- Adult (13 and over)$11.50
- Child (2 - 12)$8.25
- Child (1 and Under)FREE
- Senior (65+)$10.50
- Active Military$10.50
We begin transferring animals to evening (off exhibit) holding at 4:30 each night.
Open Daily 10:00-5:00
Last admission at 4:30