Order Artiodactyla
Family Bovidae
Genus Litocranius
Species Walleri
Height 80-105cms
Weight 30-45kgs
Lifespan 8-12 years
Habitat African bush country and scrub areas


Gerenuks have extremely long necks and their name comes from Somali meaning “giraffe-necked”. Their coat is reddish brown and is lighter on the flanks, with a white underside. They have large dark eyes which are circled with white, and they have large ears. Only males have horns.

Living alone or in small groups they inhabit the bush country and scrub areas. They are able to stand on their back legs and reach the trees and leave that they like to eat.

They are members of the gazelle family and are are also known as Wallef’s Gazelles




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