Gerenuk - Mammals

Gerenuk - map of occurrence


Litocranius walleri

conservation status Near Threatened

Weight: males 45kg (100lb), females 33kg (75lb)
Shoulder height: 0.85-1m (2ft 9in -3ft 5in)
Lenght: 1.5-1.6m (4ft 10in - 5ft 2in) + tail 0.25-0.30m (10-12in)
Wild population:
Lifespan: 10-12 years
Gestation: 6.5 - 7months, 1 young
Identification stilt-like legs, elongated neck, small head, large ears,
males with s-shaped horns
Range: Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania
Habitat: dry thornbush country, semi-desert scrub, stony hillsides

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The word Gerenuk comes from the Somali, meaning “giraffe-necked”, and leads to another common name, the Giraffe-necked Antelope.
Gerenuks eat food from higher places than most other gazelles and antelopes. They do this by standing up on their hind legs, and stretching out their long necks to get food off of tall bushes or small trees. Most of their diet is made up of tender leaves and shoots of prickly bushes and trees, but also includes buds, flowers, fruit, and climbing plants. Gerenuks do not need to drink, because they get enough water from the plants they eat. Because of this, they can survive in their dry habitat.
Home range sizes vary from 1.5-3.5 square kilometers, with the edges overlapping. Mature males become territorial, marking their areas with urine, feces, and glandular secretions.
Main predators are cheetah, leopard, lion, hunting dog and hyena.

Gerenuk (Litocranius walleri) - bush sunrise samburu
Gerenuk (Litocranius walleri) - bush sunrise samburu
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camera:Minolta DYNAX 7D
lens:Sigma 50-500 mm F4.0-6.3 APO EX DG
focal length:500 mm
exposure time:1/160 a
stativ:pytlík s rýží/beanbag
location:Samburu, Kenya