The Slender-horned gazelle is a particularly elegant small gazelle endemic to North Africa. It is a sand living specialist, closely associated with the dramatic sand seas (Ergs) of the northern Sahara and is the closest living relative of the Sand gazelle that ZSL teams have been captive breeding and re-introducing successfully in Saudi Arabia.
They are listed as ‘Endangered’ on the IUCN Redlist.
The survey was the first of its kind directed at this important and attractive species. The aim was to establish and map information on the current presence of Slender-horned gazelles in the Tunisian sector of the Grand Erg Oriental, and if possible create baseline data on their relative abundance.
[This painting of Slender-horned gazelles is from ‘The Book of Antelopes’, Sclater & Thomas 1898 in the ZSL library. Phillip Lutley Sclater was Secretary of the Society from 1859-1903. Michael Rogers Oldfield Thomas was a Fellow of the Society and eminent Mammalogist at the British Museum.]