Addra Gazelle


Nanger dama

HABITAT: grassland, savannah, and rocky desert  ADDRA 
Diet: shrubs, acacias, and rough desert grasses
Lifespan: 10-12 years
Their story:  

The addra gazelle are well adapted to survive in the harsh African deserts. They browse on grasses and acacias leaves, moving seasonally to find food. When food on the ground is scarce the addra gazelle can stand-up on its hind legs to reach into the trees to forage on the leaves and buds.

Water is often hard to come by too, but the addra gazelle can survive long periods of drought by using the water from the plants that they eat. Unlike many other desert animals that avoid the heat by living a nocturnal life, the addra gazelle is diurnal, staying active during the day. This helps them avoid competition with other animals for the same food sources.


 Chad, Mali, Niger, and Senegal

How you can help:

The addra gazelle used to roam the savannah in giant herds, but now less than 500 individuals are left in the wild. They are threatened by poachers and overgrazing from domestic livestock. There is not much protection for them in the wild.

You can help by supporting zoos. Breeding of addra gazelle in captivity may be the only way to stop extinction. By visiting zoos, even ones without addra gazelle, you are supporting breeding programs, research, education, and conservation in the wild.

Status in the Wild: