Ngorongoro Crater, located in the Serengeti hinterland in Tanzania, is a large, unbroken, unflooded volcanic caldera.
The crater, which formed when a giant volcano exploded and collapsed on itself some two to three million years ago, is 610 m deep and its floor covers 260 km2.
Aside from herds of zebra, Thomson's gazelle, and wildebeest, the crater is home to the "big five" of rhinoceros, lion, leopard, elephant, and buffalo. The crater plays host to almost every individual species of wildlife in East Africa, with an estimated 25,000 animals within the crater.
The Thomson's gazelle (Eudorcas thomsonii) is named after explorer Joseph Thomson and, as a result, is sometimes referred to as a "tommie". It is considered by some to be a subspecies of the Red-fronted Gazelle and was formerly considered a member of the genus Gazella. Thomson's gazelles can be found in numbers exceeding 500 000 in Africa and are recognised as the most common type of gazelle in East Africa.
Thomson's gazelles are 53 to 67 cm tall and weigh 17 to 29 kg. They have light brown coats with white underparts and a distinctive black stripe. Their horns are long and pointed with slight curvature. The white patch on their rump extends to underneath the tail but no further.
A mistake sometimes made is the misidentification of Grant's Gazelles as Thomson's Gazelles. Although some Grant's do have the black stripe running across their sides, the white on their rump always extends above the tail.
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JFS (32453) 2011-06-06 22:56
Excellent presentation, delightfull scene, thanks for sharing Erdem!
CLODO (26472) 2011-06-07 2:02
Excellent picure with the gazelles in the same position and a very good colour HARMONY of their fur with the background.
jimmj63 (2269) 2011-06-07 5:00
very good capture, essential in its lines, elegant in its colors
very well done, I like too much
batalay (33435) 2011-06-12 17:07
Merhaba Sevgili Erdem Bey,
The panoramic shot captures the small herd gazelles, half of them grazing, the other half standing equidistant and seemingly standing watch. It's a gorgeous shot, with the colors of the animals blending in with the parched colors of the background bush.
Selam ve sevgilerimle,
i9l2y1m8a8t3 (4612) 2011-07-06 0:25
This is just epical! The gazelle's formation is just remarkable as well as the colors! The contrasting black stripes of the gazelle is just beautiful! Great capture!!
- Copyright: Erdem Kutukoglu (Suppiluliuma) (3855)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-08-28
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Canon EOS 5 D, Canon EF 75-300 mm f/4-5.6 III USM
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/400 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Tanzania: The land of the beautiful
- Date Submitted: 2011-06-06 22:33
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