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IS THIS A THOMPSON'S GAZZELLE

IS THIS A THOMPSON'S GAZZELLE
adrian1963, 8 Dec 2009
    • adrian1963
      No longer at the zoo, moved from this enclosure to go in with the Giraffes and then transfered out we think
      Now in this enclosure we have a small group of Wallaby\'s
      This enclosure is the one next to the Barbary Sheep
    • Maguari
      I think that's what's called opening a can of worms!

      The animals were always known as Arabian Gazelles (Gazella arabica) while at Dudley. However, they almost certainly are/were not this, but most likely some subspecies of Mountain Gazelle (Gazella gazella). The subspecies muscatensis and cora have been suggested, but it's never been proved.

      Animals of this population (whatever they are!) can still be seen at Blackpool.

      EDIT: Nice photo, by the way!
    • adrian1963
      many thanks maguari - I knew I might be opening a can of worms because when ever I've shown anyone this photo I always get a different answer
    • adrian1963
      I've just found out that the zoo kept Thompson's Gazelle into the early part of 2000
      I just wondered ?
    • zoogiraffe
      Thats news to me!!
    • adrian1963
      The problem with this information is that I picked it upon the internet and have checked it out with images of the Thompson Gazelle and then checked the mountain gazelle images out we can finally say that the picture is infact a Mountain Gazelle.
      As we can all see the first image is most likely the same as the Gazelle in the Gallery
      which happens to be a Mountain Gazelle
    • Maguari
      Yup. No way that's a Thomson's - coloration and horns are very different, as your pictures show.

      Would be interested to know where you heard about the Thomson's being at Dudley - as far as I'm aware there have been no Thomson's in the UK for some time (15 years? Quite possibly a fair bit more) so I think you may have been misled there.
    • adrian1963
      Maguari - I agree with you the person who told me came from a photgraphis forum he claimed to be a wildlife photographer but I'm beginning to think he just say's it to get on the site, I won't name the site because it's unfair to the other's who use it. I won't be asking for there help no more as this is the third time they've let me down.
    • Maguari
      It's probably a very good website for photography tips but it doesn't mean its members know about Dudley Zoo's collection history! :D

      If it was a zoo I was less familiar with I might believe them but I've been a regular at Dudley for at least 12 years or so and any Thomson's Gazelles would have to have been very well hidden!
    • adrian1963
      Yes I agree with you.
      I've never seen any myself at any zoo over the ten years I've been going round so it did sound a bit dodgey but I don't know much about gazelles so I thought I'd ask the questiion on here.
      many thanks for your help it was extremely gratefully recieved and helped me out alot
      thank you Maguari
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