Territory marking

Title Info
Common name Thomson'; s or Red-fronted Gazelle
Scientific name Gazella rufifrons thomsoni
Taxonomic group Bovidae
Source Dan L. Perlman
Ecosystems Grasslands, savannas
Grasslands and savannas Tropical grassland
Behavior Territorial
Organisms Animals
Animals Mammals
Date August 08, 2003
Location Serengeti National Park,Tanzania,Africa

Thomson's gazelle male marking territory, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. This male was marking his territory with a black tarry substance from facial glands, and here he can be seen rubbing the gland on a grass stem. The material smelled slightly burnt when examined closely. Territorial males attempt to get females to aggregate in their territories. In the Serengeti, these gazelles, along with wildebeest and zebras, are part of the large annual migration of nearly two million herbivores.