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Abdullahi Ali MSc
Nairobi, Kenya
  • EDGE Fellow
[General description section]

Ali is a wildlife Biologist working with the National Museums of Kenya. He is currently a PhD candidate in Ecology at the University of Wyoming. His PhD dissertation focusses on the population ecology of hirola (Beatragus hunteri), an antelope restricted to the Kenya Somali border and arguably the world's most endangered antelope.


Ali is exploring competition between hirola and livestock and is using demographic data from this study to make quantitative predictions about the hirola population under different scenarios. In addition, he is analysing remotely sensed imagery to determine how the causes and consequences of landscape change relate to hirola declines over the years; all this information will  be used to guide management strategies through the Hirola Management Committee of Kenya Wildlife Service.



National Museums of Kenya and the University of Wyoming

Position within organisation

Wildlife Biologist


This project supports in-country EDGE Fellows to help conserve relevant EDGE species

This project aims to use remotely-sensed imagery to disentangle if and the extent to which overgrazing versus elephant declines have contributed to long-term range degradation through tree encroachment throughout Ijara and Fafi Districts. In addition, habitat selection and demographic field studies of hirola within the Ishaqbini Community Conservancy, overseen by the Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT), are being conducted. Through my work, informed management recommendations will be made to Hirola Management Committee (HMC) and Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS).

Relevant species

The graceful hirola is Africa's most threatened antelope.

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Research interests

His main interest focusses on mammalian ecology, conservation biology and rangeland management.


Relevant publications


Ali A.H.Goheen J.R and S.Andanje 2011: Historical range collapse of the endangered hirola antelope in kenya and Somalia. Abstract publication in the joint international meeting of the association for Tropical biology and conservation and the society for conservation biology proceedings.


Ali A.H Effects of vegetation disturbance on small mammal diversity and distribution in Oloolua forest ecosystem, Kenya,( 2010), MSc. Thesis, School of Biological Sciences, University of Nairobi, Kenya.


Ali. A.H. Community based giraffe conservation & poverty alleviation in Garissa district, Kenya: approaches, challenges and achievements, IUCN/SSC ASG International Giraffe Working Group (IGWG) Newsletter 3: 11-13..


Ross S.A, Ali A.H, Mohamud.M. Preservation and maintenance of biological diversity related knowledge of local communities in Boni forest, Ijara District, Kenya (2006). Report of Trans-boundary environmental project, Terra Nuova, Eastern Africa, Nairobi, Kenya.

Associated Blog Posts
8th Aug 13
  EDGE fellow Abdullahi Hussein Ali has recently been recognised by the American Society of Mammalogists for his work on the in Kenya. He has rec...  Read

28th Jan 13
The hard work of EDGE Fellow Ali and the plight of the hirola has this week been recognised by the international press as news of the first ever attempt to G...  Read

21st Sep 12
Following on from Ali's blog last week...  In February 2012, I made a request to Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) to fit GPS collars on 10 adult (>3 year...  Read

14th Sep 12
It’s official! The first hirola sanctuary in the world is up and running in Ijara, marking a significant step towards the recovery of arguably the world’...  Read

23rd Feb 12
My name is Abdullahi Hussein Ali and I have just started as an EDGE Fellow working on the globally endangered hirola antelope (Beatragus hunteri). This u...  Read