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Gazelles & Deer

  • Arabian Sand or Goitered Gazelle

    Latin Name: Gazella subgutturosa marica

    The Sand Gazelle is a familiar face on Sir Bani Yas Island. They are well adapted to desert conditions and can derive most of its required moisture from the food it eats. You’re bound to bump into one of these friendly creatures several times whilst exploring the Island!

    Quick Facts

    Weight : 18-33kg
    Height : 56cm
    Native to : Asia
    What they eat : Grasses, leaves, and shoots.
    Interesting fact : They can run up to 60kms per hour!
  • Arabian Mountain Gazelle

    Latin Name: Gazelle gazelle cora

    This beautiful species has adapted to live in harsh desert environments and can go without water for long periods of time, living only on plants and dew drops! They live in small herds of three to eight animals, and can reach running speeds of up to 65 km per hour. 

    Quick Facts

    Weight : 18- 22kg
    Height : Up to 56 cm
    Native to : Arabia
    What they eat : Grasses, leaves, and shoots.
    Interesting fact : They can run up to 65km per hour!
  • Blackbuck or Indian Antelope

    Latin Name: Antilope cervicapra

    The stunning Blackbuck is an antelope which is found mainly in India, Pakistan and Nepal. One of the fastest land mammals, it has been recorded running at speeds of up to 90 km per hour.

    Quick Facts

    Weight : Up to 50kg
    Height : Up to 80 cm
    Native to : Indian subcontintent
    What they eat : Mostly grasses and occasionally acacia trees
    Interesting fact : They have been recorded running at speeds of up to 90km per hour!
  • Fallow Deer

    Latin Name: Cervus dama

    The Fallow Deer is native to the Mediterranean region of Europe. They are one of the more common deer species and have over time been introduced to many countries around the world! Like all deer species, they have antlers rather than horns. 

    Quick Facts

    Weight : 30-50 kg
    Height : 75-85 cm
    Native to : Europe
    What they eat : Grasses, leaves and shoots.
    Interesting fact : The antlers are made up of bone which fall off and grow back every season.
  • Chital / Axis deer

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    Latin Name: Axis axis

    The shy Axis deer is native to Indian sub-continent and Sri Lanka, where they can be found in forests and grassland areas. They are one of the most common deer species found on the sub-continent. Only the male has antlers, which are made up of bone and fall off and grow back every season. 

    Quick Facts

    Weight : 30-75kg
    Height : 65-80 cm
    Native to : Asia
    What they eat : Grasses, leaves and shoots.
    Interesting fact : The spots on the adults are brighter and show more than their fawns
  • The Red Deer

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    Latin Name: Cervus elaphus

    The Red Deer is the fourth largest deer species in the world! They were once found throughout much of the Northern hemisphere, from Europe all the way to Northern Africa and Asia. The Red Deer is the only deer species that naturally occurs in Africa. Interestingly, the North American Elk or Wapiti, though larger than the Red Deer, is regarded as a close relative.

    Quick Facts

    Weight : 160 to 240 kg
    Height : 175 to 250 cm
    Native to : Europe, North Africa, Asia and North America
    What they eat : Grasses, leaves and shoots.
    Interesting fact : During the autumn, all red deer subspecies grow thicker coats of hair, which helps to insulate them during the winter. Autumn is also when some of the stags grow their neck manes.