48" x 62" unframed
55" x 69" framed
© SHELLEY HESSE 2018
Grant’s Gazelle or Nanger granti is a species of gazelle that lives from northern Tanzania to South Sudan and Ethiopia, and from the Kenyan coast to Lake Victoria, one of the African Great Lakes. The Grant’s gazelle female weighs between 75 and 110 pounds, and the male between 110 and 180 pounds, each reaching around 3 feet or less at shoulder height. The Grant’s gazelle resembles the Thomson’s gazelle, thought it is much larger and has beautiful lyre-shaped horns. Grant's gazelles are especially fond of open grass plains, and although they frequent bushy savannas, they avoid areas of high grass where visibility of predators is difficult. Its most common predators are cheetahs, wild dogs, and humans. If left unharmed, it will live to be 12 years old. The gazelle’s status as an unthreatened species is dependent on protection of the national parks and reserves where it lives, including Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Tanzania, as well as Lake Turkana National Parks in Kenya.
“I am in the jungle and I am too fast for you. You have teeth and stripes and things that tear. But I am much too fast. You want my flesh, but you don’t know where the jungle is. Only I know where the jungle is. Only I know. I am a gazelle. I am a gazelle and the jungle is my home.”