CHIMPANZEES COMING THIS MAY

Plains

Addra Gazelle

Nanger dama

About

Addra gazelles are adapted to life in dry areas such as deserts and open plains. They eat mostly shrubs, herbs and grasses and get the water they need from the plants they eat. They are about 3 feet tall but have footlong horns that curl upward from their head. Females are usually smaller in overall size than males, but both males and females have horns.

Addra gazelles are quiet animals that live in herds and are very fast runners, which are their main defenses against predators. A herd can have a dozen or more gazelles living together, but they might meet up in larger herds to migrate with changes in rainfall. Mothers rely on herd life to help protect their young calves for the first several months.

Size
About 3 feet tall and 5 feet long; up to 185 pounds in weight
Live in
Mali, Niger, Chad
Food
Shrubs, herbs, grasses
IUCN Red List Status
Critically Endangered
Addra gazelle

Conservation

Addra gazelles are critically endangered, with maybe fewer than 100 left in the wild. They face challenges from hunting and habitat loss. Climate change has contributed to increased droughts in Africa, which makes it harder for them to find food. Breeding programs and wild introductions are underway to help save Addra gazelles!

To help combat climate change, the Indianapolis Zoo participates in AES’s Green Power Offset Program. Indianapolis residents also can help offset carbon that they’re burning in fossil fuels through this program.

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