Hirola Antelope

Beatragus hunteri-threatened species


Ranges from North East Kenya to South West Somalia
  • range shrinks every year (since 60's)
  • may be extinct in Somalia


  • 176-260 lbs
  • 120-200 cm body length


  • Lives in grass lands near Kenyan river
  • Competes with livestock
  • poaching by local hunters

Threatened due to poaching for their horns and fur, and competition with livestock

Food Web/Trophic level

  • Grass - antelope - tiger - vulture
  • primary consumer, second trophic level
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  • 1970's- 10,000-15,000
  • now-nearly 300(wild)

How it came to be threatened:

  • Carrying capacity of roaming land reached as livestock takes over land
  • poachers significantly decrease population

Future Prognosis

Attempts to revive the population:
  • sanctuaries for antelope
  • process of capturing and tracking progress
  • protection from livestock areas
  • laws against poaching

Through revitalization, there is hope to re-establish the Hirola population in the future


Humans hurt Antelope population through

  • poaching for fur and horns
  • decreasing habitat (roaming ground)

Humans can help by

  • Providing funds for sanctuaries and the study of Hirola population
  • banning poaching of the Hirola
  • providing protection from competition of Hirola and livestock