The Rhim Gazelle, which lives in the desert region, is a fast runner on sand. But their numbers are steadily decreasing as armed hunters in cars are hunting them down.
Body length: 100-100cm
Tail length: 15-20cm
(Source: Doubutsu Sekai-isan* Red Data Animals Kodansha) (*World Animal Heritage)
The Rhim Gazelle lives in the deserts in the northern part of the African continent.
The Rhim Gazelle eats grass and short trees.
Rhim Gazelles obtain water from their food, so they don't have to drink much water to survive.
A Gazelle that runs slower than humans?!
The Rhim Gazelle is a medium-sized Gazelle that moves about the desert. Their special hoof enables them to prance along the desert sand where other animals may have trouble walking. But on firm ground they have a hard time. They can't even run faster than a human. This means the Rhim Gazelle has evolved specifically for life in the desert.
No match for cars and guns
Until the 1930s, the Rhim Gazelle could be seen in many places in the northern part of Africa. But their numbers began to decline because people started to hunt them. Although they are swift and nimble on desert terrain, they are helpless against armed hunters in cars. Even today, their numbers are still said to be declining.
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