Gazelles are thin, graceful antelopes that live in Africa and Asia. They resemble deer and are in the same family as goats, cattle and sheep. Gazelles can be identified by their curved, ringed horns, tan or reddish-brown coats and white rumps. Often, there are spots or stripes on their coats. Their light frames help make them agile and better able to escape from predators. Smaller species, such as the Speke's gazelle and Thomson's gazelle, are only 20 to 43 inches 51 to centimeters at the shoulder.
Log in or sign up to add this lesson to a Custom Course. Log in or Sign up. Have you ever heard of that funny-sounding animal called a gazelle? There are several different kinds of them, but they are all members of the antelope family. Antelope are animals that look like deer with long, thin legs. They have long necks and are usually tan with a white belly and dark stripes. Gazelles are also in the category of mammals , which means that they have fur, give birth to live babies, and are warm-blooded.
Gazelle , any of several fleet, medium-sized antelopes with slender, evenly developed limbs, level backs, and long necks. Most gazelles are tan-coloured, with white underparts and rump patch, a dark side stripe, and contrasting facial markings. Most gazelles are placed in the genus Gazella , family Bovidae order Artiodactyla.
A gazelle is any of many antelope species in the genus Gazella. This article also deals with the six species included in two further genera, Eudorcas and Nanger , which were formerly considered subgenera of Gazella. A third former subgenus, Procapra , includes three living species of Asian gazelles. Gazelles are known as swift animals.