One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A light brown gazelle with a conspicuous dark band along the flanks, living in large herds on the open plains of East Africa.
Gazella thomsonii, family Bovidae
- ‘When the Migration is in the Serengeti, from November to June, there are an estimated 1.5 million wildebeest, 350,000 Thomson's gazelle and 200,000 common zebra.’
- ‘Furthermore, both zebra and Thomson's gazelle are locally abundant and neither show greater synchrony than predicted by their food supply.’
- ‘But when the rains arrived, fresh carpets of zebra, wildebeest and Thomson's gazelles rolled out from the distant hills, transforming the treeless steppes.’
- ‘There may be age-related differences in how risky behaviors are; for example, young Thomson's gazelles take a higher risk when inspecting predators than do adults.’
- ‘In eastern Africa, they mostly hunt Thomson's gazelles, but they will also attack calves, warthogs, zebras, impalas, and the young of large antelopes such as the gnu.’
Late 19th century: named after Joseph Thomson (1858–94), Scottish explorer.
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