Mongolian gazelles, sometimes known as zeren, are nomadic and wander across remote corners of Mongolia in search of grazing. They sometimes form mega-herds, with the largest ever recorded having around 250,000 members. The birthing season is variable and depends on the climatic conditions during the previous year, but 90% of the females in a herd will give birth within a four day period. This birth synchrony is an efficient strategy to combat the short growing season and the impact of predators.
Scientific name: Procapra gutturosa
In a remote corner of outer Mongolia, a million calving gazelles are on the move.
It took three years to film one of the world's greatest, yet rarely witnessed, migrations. A microlight transported from South America was written off before a single image was captured. With little cover to hide from these intensely shy animals, the cameraman had to bury himself up to the neck, in 40 degree heat. The aerial shots were finally obtained from an ancient Russian military helicopter.
Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.
The following habitats are found across the Mongolian gazelle distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.
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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web
Population trend: Unknown
Year assessed: 2008
Classified by: IUCN 3.1
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