Mammal

Thomson’s Gazelle

Area: 
Kenya and Tanzania
Habitat: 
Savanna
Food: 
Grasses, shoots, and leaves
Size: 
20 to 43 inches tall at the shoulder
Babies: 
A newborn calf curls up in tall grasses to stay hidden from predators for a few weeks after it is born.
Thomson’s gazelles join thousands of zebras and wildebeests for long migrations in search of grass.
Small, but Speedy

 

Such a big name for a small animalAny living thing that is not a plant. Most animals can move about freely. All use plants or other animals as food. All have sensory organs.!  Thomson’s gazelles are often called “tommies” for short. Groups of about 10 to 30 females and their young grazeTo eat grasses and other ground-level plants. and live together. Males usually live alone or in their own small groups, but they join the females to find mates.

 

Cheetahs, wild dogs, hyenas, leopards, and other predators hunt tommies. But as they nibble grass, tommies watch for danger. If one of the herdA group of animals that travels and feeds together. sees danger, it flicks its short, white tail back and forth quickly. It may also stamp its feet to warn the rest of the herdA group of animals that travels and feeds together.. If a predatorAn animal that hunts and kills other animals for its food. races in to catch a tommie, the herdA group of animals that travels and feeds together. scatters. Tommies can run at speeds of about 50 mph! Sometimes they don’t just run, they “pronk” or “stot,” which is a combination of jumping and running. This may confuse a predatorAn animal that hunts and kills other animals for its food. and give the herdA group of animals that travels and feeds together. time to escape.