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Persian gazelle

The Goitered, Black-tailed or Persian gazelle (Gazella subgutturosa) is a gazelle found in a large area of central Asia, including part of Iran and southern west Pakistan in the western end of the range, as well as the Gobi desert. The specific name means "full below the throat" and refers to the male having an enlargement of the neck and throat during the mating season. This is not a true goiter, which is caused by the enlargement of the thyroid gland.

The Goitered gazelle inhabits sands and gravel plains and limestone plateau. It runs at high speed, without the leaping, bounding gait seen in other gazelle species. Throughout much of their range, Goitered gazelles undergo seasonal migrations. Herds cover 10–30 km per day in the winter, with these distances being reduced to about 1–3 km in summer.


Deze kropgazelle leeft in de natuur in woestijn en half woestijngebieden en op heuvelachtige vlaktes en hoogvlaktes in zuidelijk en centraal Azië. Deze gazelles kunnen zich heel snel voortbewegen. Ze kunnen wel snelheden bereiken van 60 km per uur. In de wintermaanden leggen ze afstanden af van 10 tot 30 km per dag. In het voorjaar en zomer is dit veel minder. Vijanden van de kropgazelle zijn voornamelijk de luipaard en de wolf.


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Taken on November 24, 2009