Dorcas Gazelle

Where can I see the Dorcas Gazelle

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A Dorcas Gazelle is the smaller, slightly less majestic cousin to the bigger, more showy gazelle.

It's colouring is that of pinkish-red with streaks of white and grey camouflaging it against the hot desert sand when standing still. However, when startled or running from a predator - a skill this poor soul rarely gets to practice – the Dorcas Gazelle has been known to reach speeds up to 80 miles per hour.

A Dorcas Gazelle spends most of its day foraging on grasses and shrubs that grow on the desert floor. And then it passes time dozing under shade trees and by any oasis it can find. They are very social creatures and have been known to surround themselves with any other living being in the area.

It is not unheard of for a Dorcas Gazelle to strike up a long term friendship with another animal, even if that friendship doesn't seem to serve either party any obvious purpose. There are reports of Dorcas Gazelles forming friendships with tortoises who they will herd around the desert so they don't get lost or come across predators, or befriending lizards who they will take on safaris through the desert and teach how to hunt for insects and small rodents while avoiding larger predators like leopards and hawks.

Animal population
35,000–40,000
Population
IUCN Classification
Vulnerable (VU)
IUCN Classification
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Geeky Facts about the Dorcas Gazelle

Fact 1

Populations in Israel and around the Red Sea are darker and more reddish.

Fact 2

It is predominantly a social and herding animal.

Fact 3

Horns are present on both sexes.

Tours where I can see the Dorcas Gazelle

Sahara Desert Trek
Sahara Desert Trek

Sahara Desert Trek

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Morocco
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Small group
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Activity Level
3 - Average

10 days from

£1,545 / person

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