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Mammalian Biology

, Volume 75, Issue 1, pp 74–82 | Cite as

Growth stages and ageing criteria of Arabian Mountain gazelles (Gazella gazella Pallas, 1766: Antilopinae, Bovidae)

  • Torsten WronskiEmail author
  • Mohamed Abd El Kader Sandouka
Original Investigation

Abstract

This research project was designed to be of both academic and practical value in the conservation of Mountain gazelle and represents an attempt to provide data for sex and age classification of this endangered species hitherto unpublished. Growth data and ageing criteria of 177 individuals of known age, obtained from a captive population, kept under uniform conditions at King Khalid Wildlife Research Centre in Saudi Arabia, were examined. Measurements of horn length, shoulder height, living body weight, neck circumference and forehead-horn length ratio were established and a field classification for ageing female and male Mountain gazelles was suggested.

Keywords

Mountain gazelle Ageing criteria Growth data Saudi Arabia 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Torsten Wronski
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Mohamed Abd El Kader Sandouka
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Conservation ProgrammesZoological Society of LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.King Khalid Wildlife Research CentreNational Commission for Wildlife Conservation and DevelopmentRiyadhKingdom of Saudi Arabia

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