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  • Indianapolis Zoo, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
  • Indianapolis Zoo, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
  • Indianapolis Zoo, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
  • Indianapolis Zoo, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
  • Indianapolis Zoo, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
  • Indianapolis Zoo, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

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Endangered Speke's Gazelle

Gazella spekei

Indianapolis Zoo, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

Endangered

Speke's Gazelle was formerly one of the most widespread and numerous gazelles in Somalia (Funaioli and Simonetta 1966). Thurow (1996) recorded an average density of 3.9/km² in 1985-1988 in grasslands in good condition at Ceele Dhere in Central Somalia. East (1999) cited survey estimates of 2.0/km² in the eastern Nogaal valley and 0.2/km² in the central part of the valley and suggested the population may number in the tens of thousands but probably in decline, at least in areas with high densities of livestock. Numbers have been falling steadily for over 20 years due to uncontrolled hunting. The former strongholds ... Read More

Extreme political instability and periodic civil and military conflicts over the past 20 years (and continuing) in Somalia, combined with a lack of any central government control, has resulted in a prevalence of weapons, over-exploitation and lack of protection for wildlife. There are no functioning protected areas within its range. An illegal wildlife trade, including in antelopes, has developed in Somalia during the last few years (Amir 2006). Drought and overgrazing due to increasing numbers of domestic livestock have negatively affected habitat. Read More

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IUCN SSC Antelope Specialist Group 2016. Gazella spekei. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T8975A50187314. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-2.RLTS.T8975A50187314.en