Gerenuk in Tanzania

Gerenuk in Swahili: swala twiga (Litocranius walleri)

Shoulder height: 90–105 cm; weight: 35–50 kg. This uncharacteristic gazelle is an arid-country species of Ethiopia, Kenya and northern Tanzania, similar in general colour to an impala but readily identified by its very long neck (the Swahili name translates as ‘giraffe gazelle’) and singular habit of feeding on trees standing on its hind legs. Nowhere common in Tanzania, the gerenuk is present in small numbers in Mkomazi, Tarangire, West Kilimanjaro and the Loliondo area.

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