Also called the dama gazelle, these graceful animals are critically endangered due to over-hunting and habitat loss. Once common throughout their range, in the last 20 years domesticated livestock encroaching on their habitat coupled with civil unrest in their native countries have taken a huge toll on their populations.
TYPE OF ANIMAL:
mammal, cetartiodactyla (even-toed ungulate)
Chad, Mali, Niger; once native thoughout Sahara and Sahel zones but extirpated through most of its range
IUCN CONSERVATION STATUS:
zoos - up to 19 years
mixed herds of up to 20 animals, over 100 animals when in the desert