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The edmi, also known as the mountain gazelle, lives in mixed-sex herds of up to forty individuals.

They roam their arid habitat eating almost anything green.


In mid-winter, the males establish territories that they defend from rivals.

The male is generally larger than the female and has S-shaped horns more than twice as big.

Like all gazelles, the edmi is a slender, graceful animal with an ability to run at great speeds.

Hunted for sport, the population of edmi is now greatly diminished and its range is fragmented.

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Animal Facts

Name: Edmi (Gazella gazella)

Family: Bovidae (Cattle and Relatives)


Range: Arabian peninsula

Habitat: Sandy and stony hills, steppe, and montane desert

Diet: Grasses, herbs, and shrubs

Head and Body Length: 37 to 41 inches (95 to 105 cm)

Tail Length: 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 cm)

Shoulder Height: 24 to 31 inches (60 to 80 cm)

Weight: 33 to 77 pounds (15 to 35 kg)

Life Cycle: Mating throughout year if water available, peaks December to January; gestation 175 to 190 days, one young born

Description: Fawn coat; pale underneath; white facial markings; black spot on nose; long, narrow ears; vertical, heavily-ringed horns

Conservation Status: Lower Risk (Conservation Dependent)

Major Threat: Habitat loss; hunting

What Can I Do?: Visit WWF for information on how you can help.