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2013-05-17 10:47:48

Why Tibetan antelope can live at elevations of 4,000-5,000m on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau? In a collaborative research published in Nature Communications, investigators from Qinghai University, BGI, and other institutes provide evidence that some genetic factors may be associated with the species' adaption to harsh highland environments. The data in this work will also provide implications for studying specific genetic mechanisms and the biology of other ruminant species. The Tibetan...

2012-10-24 23:38:39

Animals like antelope, frogs and rodents may be tricky to catch, but they provide protein in places where traditional livestock are scarce. According to the authors of a new paper in Animal Frontiers, meat from wild animals is increasingly important in central Africa. “The elephant or hippopotamus may provide food for an entire community, smaller antelope may feed a family, while a rat or lizard may quell the hunger of an individual. Alternatively, these species are often sold on the...

2011-12-14 14:39:37

A new study of the mating habits of mountain goats reveals the vastly different strategies of males in different populations and could shed light on the unseen impacts of hunting. A Durham University-led research team found that male chamois (a species of wild goat-antelope) adopt different strategies in different populations in order to succeed in the rut: some put a lot of energy in at a young age, while others wait until they are much older. Researchers looking at neighboring...

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2011-06-17 10:15:07

A species of antelope that is possibly the source for the legend of the unicorn has been successfully reintroduced into its native habitat after having been hunted to all but extinction, reports the AFP news agency. The oryx comes by unicorn legend because when viewed in profile the two slender horns can appear to be a single horn. Oryx leucoryx, a desert antelope native to the Arabian peninsula, has long been on the endangered species list after being effectively extinct in the wild....

2010-11-11 13:14:00

DENVER, Nov. 11, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Having already funded research on the health of dolphins affected by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the Betty White Wildlife Rapid Response Fund will now help the rare saiga antelope in Kazakhstan. More than 12,000 critically endangered saiga antelopes were found dead in western Kazakhstan in May of this year. The rapid response fund, established by Morris Animal Foundation in honor of longtime trustee Betty White, will begin supporting Fauna...

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2010-07-30 05:34:50

The wild population of a species of antelope that only numbers 103 individuals in east Africa is on the verge of extinction, Kenyan wildlife officials warned Thursday. The mountain bongo (Tragelaphus eurycerus isaaci) was impacted by habitat loss, genetic factors, predation and disease, said the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) in a statement. This is the largest mountain antelope species, weighing up to 660 pounds. It has white stripes against a chestnut brown hide, and both sexes have twisted...

2010-05-24 09:46:52

Scientists have caught male topi antelopes in the act of faking fear in front of females in heat as a way to improve their chances of having sex. The male antelopes, observed in southwest Kenya, send a false signal that a predator is nearby only when females in heat are in their territories. When the females react to the signal, they remain in the territory long enough for some males to fit in a quick mating opportunity. The signal in this case, an alarm snort, is not a warning to other...

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2010-05-19 13:12:14

Scientists at the University of Liverpool have discovered that male topi antelopes deceive their female counterparts in order to increase their chances of mating. The study of topi antelopes in Kenya's Masai Mara National Reserve Park found that male antelopes snort and look intently ahead if an ovulating female begins to stray from their territory. This type of behavior suggests to the female that there is predator danger ahead. Typical predators of the topi include lions, cheetahs, leopards...

2009-11-05 07:30:00

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea, and CAIRNS, Australia, Nov. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Prospect: Antelope Type: Appraisal well Location: PPL 237, Eastern Papua Basin 295,377.77mE; 9,207,339.97mN - AGD 66, Zone 55 Current Status: Preparing to drill ahead at 7,264 feet (2,214 meters). The plan is to drill a further 118 feet (36 meters) and stop at...


Latest Antelope Reference Libraries

Kéwel, Tragelaphus scriptus
2012-10-12 12:36:15

The kéwel (Tragelaphus scriptus), previously known as the bushbuck, is a species of antelope that can be found in central and western areas of Africa. Its range extends from southern Mauritania and Senegal, through the Sahel to Ethiopia and Eritrea in the east, to Angola and the southern areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the south. It prefers a habitat within wooded and forested savannahs in most areas, but chooses rainforests and semi-arid areas in other parts of its range....

Southern Reedbuck, Redunca arundinum
2012-10-12 11:24:59

The southern reedbuck (Redunca arundinum), also known as the common reedbuck or the rietbok, is a species of antelope that can be found in southern Africa. Its range extends from Tanzania and Gabon to South Africa, including Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi, Namibia, and Zambia, among other areas. It prefers a habitat within grasslands, woodlands, pastures, and valleys. This species uses reeds and other tall vegetation located near water to remain hidden from predators....

Mongolian Gazelle, Procapra gutturosa
2012-10-08 09:16:21

The Mongolian gazelle (Procapra gutturosa), also known as the zeren, is native to Central Asia. Its range also includes some areas of China and Siberia. It prefers a habitat within the arid step lands of its range, which is one of the worlds’ only remaining great wilds. Herds gather in groups between twenty and thirty individuals in the summer, but in the winter, the herds rise to one hundred individuals, although herds of up to five thousand do occur. One herd was spotted in 2007 that...

Tibetan Antelope, Pantholops hodgsonii
2012-10-04 16:07:51

The Tibetan antelope (Pantholops hodgsonii), also known as the chiru, is native to the Tibetan Plateau. Its range is nearly completely restricted to China, including Xinjiang, Tibet, and Qinghai, with a few populations occurring in Ladakh, India. This species prefers a habitat on flatlands with open areas and little vegetation. The Tibetan antelope is the sole member of its genus and holds no subspecies. Its genus name, Pantholops, means “all antelope” in Latin. There is one extinct...

East African Oryx, Oryx beisa
2012-10-01 08:53:07

The East African oryx (Oryx beisa), or the beisa, is an antelope that can be found in east Africa, as its name suggests. This species prefers steppes and semi desert areas. This oryx holds two subspecies, which occur in different areas of its range. The fringe-eared oryx occurs in areas of Tanzania and southern Kenya, south of the Tana River, while the common beisa oryx in the Horn of Africa and north of the Tana River. It was previously thought that the East African Oryx was a subspecies of...

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