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Africa’s Most Common Gazelle

Numbering over a half a million individuals, the Thompson’s gazelle is an abundant antelope of dry grasslands in east Africa. This spry small animal is hunted by lions, leopards and cheetahs. Its keen sense of hearing, sight and smell gives this gazelle an advantage in spotting danger. It often escapes predators with shorts sprints of up to 60 m.p.h. and high bouncing leaps that makes it difficult to catch. Though there are large populations of this animal in Africa, their population has declined by 60% in the last 30 years caused by habitat loss due to agriculture and development.

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