Rhim Gazelle (Slender-horned Gazelle or the Sand Gazelle)

The Rhim Gazelle (Gazella leptoceros), also known as the Slender-horned Gazelle or the Sand Gazelle, is a slender gazelle, most adapted to desert life. The Rhim Gazelle is found in isolated pockets across the central Sahara Desert. The extreme heat of this environment limits their feeding to the early morning and evening and it gains most of its water requirements from dew and plant moisture, relying little on open water sources.

It is a nomadic species moving across its desert range in search of vegetation, though it does not have a set migratory pattern . Endangered by the early 1970’s, this species of gazelle was in serious decline. They were hunted firstly by mounted then by motorized hunters for sport, meat or their horns which were sold as ornaments in North African markets.