The Dama Gazelle is the largest species in the family of gazelles. Poaching and habitat conversion into deserts threatens their existence. At this rate, the Dama Gazelle is headed toward extinction.
Body length: 140-165 cm
Tail length: 25-35 cm
Weight: 40-75 kg
(Source: Doubutsu Sekai-isan* Red Data Animals Kodansha) (*World Animal Heritage)
The Dama Gazelle lives in Africa in the Sahara desert and its surrounding grasslands.
They eat grass, leaves, and twigs.
While most animals that live in the desert are nocturnal, the Dama Gazelle is active during the daytime. Apparently, they can survive without drinking much water.
Targeted by hunters...
The largest species in the family of gazelles is the Dama Gazelle. They move about in herds vigilantly to protect themselves from natural predators such as lions, cheetahs, and hyenas. No matter how cautious they are, they're just no match for continually evolving weapons and cars that people use to hunt them. In the last 10 years, their number has dropped to a fifth.
Food shortage crisis!
Climate change also affects the Dama Gazelle. Until now they were able to survive by living in the desert during the rainy season, and moving back to the grasslands when the rain lifted. But due to global warming, desert land is expanding so fast that grass and trees have stopped growing, causing a shortage of food for the Dama. As if that wasn't enough, now they have to fight for the food they can find due to a rising population of domestic livestock. At this rate, it may not be long before the Dama Gazelle becomes extinct.
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