Rhim Gazelle

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Rhim Gazelle

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Character Data
Also known as: Slender-horned gazelle, Sand gazelle, Loder's gazelle
Japanese Name: リムガゼル
Romanised Name: Rimu gazeru
First Featured in: Kemono Friends (2015 Game)
Animal Data
Scientific Name: Gazella leptoceros
Distribution: North Africa
Diet: Herbivore
Average Lifespan in the Wild: Unknown
Read More: Rhim gazelle
Conservation Status: Status iucn3.1 EN.svg.png
Rhim Gazelle Nexon Game

The Rhim Gazelle is a type of Friend that appeared in the original Kemono Friends mobile game.

Appearance

Rhim Gazelle has light brown hair that is separated at the bangs by white. Following these white parts is a lighter coloration of her hair, with dark spots present through, and the slightest hint of white. Two strands of her hair stand upright in a dark brown coloration, representing her horns, and the back of her hair is tied in two small pig tails by a cyan string. She has blue irides with highlights, signaling her animal species is not extinct. She has a beige and white dress shirt with a cyan tie, and a brown and white sweater vest over it. She also has white gloves and a skirt of the same color. She has brown stockings with a white underside, and beige boots with brown tips. Like other Friends with horns, she has a strange spear with a rhim gazelle's horns as the pointed tips. Like all Friends, she has traits of the animal species she once belonged to. This manifests in her case as a rhim gazelle's tail and ears.

In Real Life

Typically, their body length is between 100 to 110 cm and they weight roughly 20 to 30 kg by adulthood. This is the palest of the gazelles, and well adapted to desert life in many ways. The upper parts are pale buff or cream and the limbs and under parts white or pale buff. This helps to reflect the harsh rays of the desert sun. They also have a faint flank stripe and faint markings on the face. The Rhim gazelle also has reddish stripes that run from the eyes to the nose. The horns on the male are slender and slightly S-shaped; those of the female are even thinner, lighter and nearly straight. There are faint facial markings and an indistinct stripe along the side. The tail is brownish-black, about 15 cm long, and contrasts with the pale rump.

The rhim gazelle is known from Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Egypt. It has also been reported from Niger and Chad, but these sightings seem doubtful and its precise range is unclear. The rhim gazelle is found in isolated pockets across the central Sahara Desert. The extreme heat of this environment limits their feeding to the early morning and evening, and gains most of its water requirements from dew and plant moisture, relying little on open water sources. The rhim gazelle is a nomadic species, moving across its desert range in search of vegetation, though it does not have a set migratory pattern. Its typical habitat is sand dunes and the depressions between them and other sandy areas, but also rocky areas.

The rhim gazelle travels as a nomad, mainly feeding during the early morning or late at night to get the dew off of vegetation. Their diet consists mainly of leaves, grass, and other vegetation that can be found in the desert. They are highly adapted to desert life, and hardly ever need to drink water. Most of their water comes from dew found on grass and leaves in the early morning. The main cooling mechanisms are the reflective white coat and a specially adapted nasal passage which allows for cooling of the blood. Rhim Gazelles are known to become aggressive in captivity.  Males often battle fiercely when defending the loose territories they establish. These animals have been estimated to live up to 14 years in the wild.

Trivia

  • According to Richard Lydekker, the name rhim is Algerian Arabic, while in Tunisian and Egyptian the animal is known as the ghazal abiad, "white gazelle", owing to its pale coat. The name rhim is cognate with and perhaps derived from the Hebrew term re'em found in the Bible, which may refer to an aurochs, oryx or perhaps a unicorn.

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