Popular Facebook Page Shares Story of STL Zoo’s Speke’s Gazelle

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Great Big Story, a Facebook page with more than 2.5 million followers that shares videos “dedicated to the untold, overlooked, and flat-out amazing,” on Monday featured an endangered animal that can be found in St. Louis.

The Speke’s gazelle at the Saint Louis Zoo is the smallest species of gazelle – and one of the most endangered.

At about 2 feet and 40 pounds, their most noticeable feature is their nose, which can puff up to about the size of a tennis ball when they’re excited.

One of the most abundant gazelle species in Ethiopia in the 1980s, a combination of hunting, drought and over-grazing brought the Speke’s gazelle to the brink of extinction.

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