Mountain Gazelle – Encounter a Graceful Desert Animal


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Are you looking for an indulgent desert experience to get closer to desert animals? If you are holidaying in Abu Dhabi spare your time to witness a Mountain gazelle. Read on and know why.


The Mountain Gazelle, also known as ‘Gazella gazelle’ is one of the endemic species found in the Middle East. This wildlife creature usually lives in hilly and mountainous habitats consisting of desert plateaus, fields or light forests. Gazelles live in small groups of three and sometimes more than that. These creatures are most abundant in the Arabian Peninsula, Israel and Jordan.

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Physical description

Unlike many other mammals, both male and female Gazelles have horns. Males possess significantly larger horns than females and those elliptical horns have rings around them. In addition, they have a slender build along with proportionally long legs and neck. At a glance, light brown limbs, dark brown skin and flanks of this animal will look like a typical deer. Generally, gazelles are active during the daytime, but they may wander during the night as well.

Where to see?

When you are in Abu Dhabi, a good way to begin scouring the region for its native desert animals like Mountain Gazelle will be to first check into a preferred choice of accommodation. Consider staying at a resort such as Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Yamm Villa Resort in order to indulge in memorable wildlife encounters and amazing sightseeing in Abu Dhabi.

Food habits

Gazelles are herbivores and they feed on herbs and grasses. They have the ability to consume poisonous plants rejected by other herbivorous animals. Moreover, the Mountain Gazelles can live without water for a long period of time in harsh desert extremes.

Caleb Falcon is a travel writer who specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers. Google+

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