Who’s heard of the hirola?

It‘s the world’s rarest antelope, a unique, Critically Endangered species which is has received little media or conservation attention.  So…who’s heard of the hirola? Hirola are medium sized antelope native to an area of around 40,000km2 on the Kenyan-Somali border.  In the 1970’s and 80’s the native population declined by more than 90%, prompting conservationists [...]

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EDGE fellow recognised by American Society of Mammalogists

  EDGE fellow Abdullahi Hussein Ali has recently been recognised by the American Society of Mammalogists for his work on the in Kenya. He has received the 2013 William T. Hornaday award which is awarded to a student who has made a significant contribution to the conservation of mammals and their habitats. Ali has been [...]

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World’s rarest antelope GPS collared for first time

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 GPS collar wild hirola in their native range reaches the UK.     Over the past thirty years, hirola numbers have plummeted by almost 90 percent, [...]

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Collaring the rarest in the region

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 years old) female hirolas. These individuals would come from 10 different herds and the data provided by the GPS collars would enable me to assess a number of demographic [...]

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A Safe Haven For The World’s Most Endangered Antelope

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’s most endangered antelope. The making of this sanctuary has taken nearly two years of planning involving the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), the Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT), the Hirola Management [...]

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