We had a wonderful day of gerenuk sightings on our recent wildlife survey of the Northern Plains. We spotted 14 gerenuks, including a young calf, in just one day in the arid semi-open bushlands at the foothills of the Losimongori Mountains. These stunning antelopes have extremely long necks and legs, hence their Swahili name "Swala twiga," or giraffe antelope. They are dry-country browsers and can survive on little to no water. It is always a treat to see gerenuks, as the Tarangire Ecosystem is the southern extent of their range and they are not often observed.
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