As Few as 250
Gazelles Survive . . .
See a trio of endangered gazelles native to the unforgiving and otherworldly dunes of the Sahara Desert. Known as slender-horned gazelles, as few as 250 of these elegant creatures may yet traverse northern Africa’s sand seas west of the Nile River.
The new arrivals are part of a Species Survival Plan® for these endangered creatures coordinated by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
For eons, the small gazelles successfully survived in large numbers in their harsh desert environment. Today, only fragmented remnant populations wander the loose sands of regions so challenging they are avoided by modern trans-Saharan routes.
Like many antelopes, they typically live in a herd with a single dominant male, several females, and offspring. To replicate the social units of the wild, accredited zoos cooperate with each other to create bachelor herds at some facilities and breeding herds with a single male at others. Currently, Naples Zoo is caring for a bachelor herd to provide a future for these endangered gazelles.
Record-Breaking Greater Kudu
Beyond these endangered gazelles, African Oasis is also home to Greater kudu and impala antelope. Our Greater kudu is one of just two males in North America to have reached age 15. And on December 18, 2014, he became the oldest male Greater kudu ever in America according to official studbook records!
Enjoy some time enjoying these graceful creatures.