Animals Mammals

Animals Mammals

Gerenuk


SCIENTIFIC NAME:
Litocranius walleri
PROFILE:

The gerenuk is a slender necked, graceful antelope. In fact, their name derives from the Somali word for “giraffe-necked!” They are found in semi-arid regions of northeastern Africa and feed almost exclusively on tree foliage. It is thought that they get all of the water they need from their diet, which includes succulent plants, and do not necessarily need a constant water source in the wild.

TYPE OF ANIMAL:
Mammal, Artiodactyla (even-toed ungulate)
NATIVE TO:
Ethiopia, Tanzania, Kenya, and Somalia
IUCN CONSERVATION STATUS:
Near threatened
DIET:
Herbivore
LIFESPAN:
Wild - average 10-12 years; zoos - up to 17 years
SOCIAL STATUS:
Female herds of up to 10 animals; males are solitary.
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