ENDANGERED ANTELOPE IN NORTHERN AFRICA

EMERGING THREAT TO THREE ENDANGERED SPECIES OF ANTELOPE

The scimitar-horned oryx (Oryx dammah), dama gazelle (Nanger dama), and addax (Addax nasomaculatus) are the three most endangered antelope in the world. The oryx is currently considered “Extinct in the Wild”, while both dama (100-200 individuals) and addax (30-90 individuals) are “Critically Endangered” and on the verge of extinction. Historically, all three species roamed across arid regions of north Africa; today, their ranges are reduced to a few small patches.

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WHAT WE'RE DOING TO HELP

Our project in Nepal demonstrated that our Wildlife Health Programming can make a significant difference.  We identified diseases transmitted across species; our veterinary team was the first to successfully treat the herpes virus in an elephant calf, and we identified an alarming mortality trend in the rhino population; just a few of our achievements.  Our work in Nepal continues through trained wildlife professionals and the infrastructure and protocols we shared.