Goitered Gazelle

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Goitered Gazelle

 

(Gazella subgutturosa), also Persian gazelle, an even-toed ungulate of the genus Gazella of the family Bovidae. The animal measures 95-115 cm long, stands 60-75 cm high at the shoulder, and weighs up to 33 kg. The males have black lyre-shaped horns (up to 40 cm long) with ring-like ridges. The females are hornless. The goitered gazelle is found in the desert and semidesert parts of Asia Minor, Transcaucasia, Middle Asia, Kazakhstan, and Central Asia. The animal stays in groups of three to five individuals in the summer and ten to 20 individuals in the winter. In April-May the female gives birth to one or two young. The goitered gazelle is hunted, and therefore its numbers are rapidly diminishing.

REFERENCE

Mlekopitaiushchie Sovetskogo Soiuza, vol. 1. Edited by V. G. Geptner and N. P. Naumov. Moscow, 1961.