Thomson's gazelle on burned grassland

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
Nutrient cycles Carbon
Ecological interactions Herbivory
Change over time Disturbance
Disturbance Fire ecology
Organisms Animals
Animals Mammals
Lessons Succession; Disturbance
Keywords Tribe Antilopini
Date August 06, 2003
Location Serengeti National Park,Tanzania,Africa

Thomson's gazelle in regrowing grassland after controlled burn, Serengenti National Park, Tanzania. Park managers set fires in Serengeti National Park to keep grasslands from undergoing succession and becoming savannas or woodlands. Fires like this are part of the ecology of the area. Soon after a fire, plants begin to regrow and herbivores like this Thomson's gazelle eat this new growth.