The Indian gazelle, also known as Chinkara, is found in India, Pakistan and Iran. It’s a graceful animal with a slender built. A gazelle loves solitude and generally maintains a distance from human habitation. But it is known to be living in flocks of four to six at times.
The body of an Indian gazelle is light brown in colour, with two white stripes along the side of the face. The under parts on the flanks and buttocks are also white. A full grown male gazelle measures about 25 inches at the shoulder and weighs about 23 kgs.
The horns of a male are curved and have 15 to 25 rings, while a female has smooth horns.
A gazelle’s normal diet consists of grass, leaves and fruits. Although a gazelle prefers staying in scattered bush, wastelands and thick jungles, it can easily survive in deserts, obtaining water from dew and herbaceous plants. It can go without water for extended periods.