The Spekes Gazelle lives in semi-desert grasslands in Somalia and possibly Ethiopia.
The nose of the Spekes gazelle is its most unique feature, because it has a sac that can inflated to the size of half of a tennis ball when the animal is excited. This allows the gazelle to increase the volume of its call, which resembles a honking sound.
Spekes gazelles live in herds of 5 to 12 animals, but when food is scarce, smaller groups may merge into herds of up to 20 animals. Similar to other species of gazelle, when they are excited or alarmed, Spekes gazelles use a pronk behavior, a combination of running, bouncing, and jumping.
The picture of this gazelle was taken at the zoo of Portland, Oregon, in April 2004.
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