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This article is about the animal. See also Gazelle, California.
Scientific classification
Family: Bovidae
Genus: Gazella
G. bennettii[?] - Indian
G. cuvieri[?] - Cuvier's
G. dama[?] - Dama
G. dorcas[?] - Dorcas
G. gazella[?] - Mountain
G. granti[?] - Grant's
G. leptoceros[?] - Rhim
G. rufifrons[?] - Red-fronted
G. saudiya[?] - Saudi
G. soemmerringii[?] - Soemmerring's
G. spekei[?] - Speke's
G. subgutturosa[?] - Goitered
G. thomsonii[?] - Thomson's

A gazelle is an antelope of the genus Gazella. Gazelles are known as swift animals; they can reach speeds of up to 100 km/hour, and maintain speads of 50 km/h for a long time. Gazelles are mostly found in the grasslands and savannas of Africa, but also in south-west Asia. They live in large herds and eat grass.

A stereotype gazelle is Thomson's gazelle[?] (Gazella thomsonii), which is around 60 to 90 cm in height at the shoulder and is coloured brown and white with a distinguishing black stripe (as in the picture on the right). The males have long, often curved, horns.

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