Their diet consists of leaves, flowers and pods of Acacian trees and various bushes.
When they feel threatened they sound their alarm call which sounds like barking. When chased, these gazelles use "stotting" (leaping straight up during pursuit by a predator) as a method to signal their fitness to the predator and warn other gazelles a predator is present. Dorcas gazelles can reach speeds of up to 80 km/hr. Their natural predators are the lion, cheetah and the leopard, but their main threats are habitat destruction, hunting, and the introduction of domestic sheep and goats.
Picture by Dorcas Gazelle by Frithjof Spangenberg, licensed under Attribution ShareAlike 2.5
The Dorcas gazelle is listed as Vulnerable (VU), considered to be facing a high risk of extinction in the wild, on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Namings for the dorcas gazelleA young / baby of a dorcas gazelle is called a 'calf'.
CountriesAlgeria, Burkina Faso, Chad, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Israel, Jordan, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, Somalia, Sudan, Tunisia and Western Sahara
Dorcas gazelle habitatsDesert, Dry savanna, Grassland, Hot Desert, Savanna, Shrubland, Subtropical / Tropical Dry Grassland and Subtropical / Tropical Dry Shrubland
Some facts about the
Adult weight : 14.5 kg (31.9 lbs)
Maximum longevity : 24 years
Female maturity :730 days
Male maturity : 589 days
Gestation : 182 days
Weaning : 82 days
Litter size : 1
Litters per year : 1
Interval between litters : 338 days
Weight at birth : 1.65 kg (3.63 lbs)
Weight at weaning : 7 kg (15.4 lbs)