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1

What is the range and habitat of the gerenuk?

It is found in desert and scrubland in eastern Africa.

2

What does "gerenuk" mean in Somali?

Giraffe-necked.

3

What two things do male gerenuks have that separates them from females?

Males have horns and more muscular necks.

4

How are gerenuk's long, slender legs both an advantage and a liability?

They allow them to cover more distance and run faster than most antelopes, but they also trip over them easier.

5

How tall are gerenuks at the shoulder?

3 1/2 feet

6

How heavy are gerenuks?

Up to 100 pounds.

7

What do gerenuks eat?

They browse leaves, shoots, buds, fruit, and flowers from trees and bushes.

8

How do gerenuks drink?

They don't. They obtain all their water from what they eat.

9

What are some predators of the gerenuk?

Lions, cheetahs, jackals, and leopards.

10

How long are gerenuks from head to tail?

Six feet.

11

What is the gestation period of the gerenuk?

Seven months.

12

How many babies do gerenuks have?

One.

13

How long do gerenuks live?

Eight years in the wild, thirteen in captivity.

14

What is the conservation status of the gerenuk?

Near threatened.

15

Why do native people of Africa often call the gerenuk the queen of humbleness?

They are always ready and willing to help other gerenuks.

16

Why are gerenuks the only antelopes that can stand unsupported on their hind legs?

They have modified lumbar vertebrae, wedge shaped hooves, and powerful back legs.

17

True or false? The gerenuk is less social than most antelopes, but still regularly gathers in small groups.

True.

18

Why does the population density of gerenuks get larger as they get further from water?

The droughts cause more thornbush and scrub to grow, creating their ideal habitat.

19

When does the gerenuk breed?

Year round.