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Breeding is seasonal, but not firmly fixed. Gestation is
approximately 7 months, and the young are born in areas that
provide some cover. The newborn fawn is carefully cleaned by the
mother who eats the afterbirth. Once the fawn can stand up and
has been suckled, it seeks a suitable hiding place. The mother
watches carefully and evidently memorizes the position before
moving away to graze. She returns to the fawn three to four
times during the day to suckle it and clean the area. The
lying-out period is quite long-two weeks or more.
The fawn eats its first solid food at about 1 month, but is
nursed for 6 months. Grant's become sexually mature at about 18
months. By that time the young males will have joined an
all-male bachelor herd, but it will be some time before they
become territory holders, if at all. Males from the bachelor
herds challenge the territorial males, but only the strongest
win territories, which they mark with combined deposits of dung
All the major predators kill Grant's gazelle, but cheetahs and
African hunting dogs are the most prevalent. In some areas
jackals prey on the young. Because of its adaptation to
semi-arid and subdesert ranges as well as its good meat and
valuable skin, Grant's gazelle has been one of the species that
scientists consider as a potential source of protein for humans.
Wist je dat?
- The only relatively long-lasting relationship in gazelle
society is that of a mother and her most recent offspring.
- Grant's are gregarious and form the usual social groupings
of small herds of females with their offspring, territorial
males and all-male bachelor groups. Membership in these groups