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A Swiss conservation group says one-quarter of the Earth's antelope species are threatened with extinction and nine species are considered endangered. Unsustainable harvesting, whether for food or traditional medicine and human encroachment on their habitat are the main threats facing antelopes, said Philippe Chardonnet, co-chairman of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's antelope specialist group.
The authoritative index of endangered animal life - the IUCN Red List - has listed more than 25 percent of the world's 91 known antelope species as at risk of becoming extinct.
The Hirola (Beatragus hunteri), also known as Hunter's Hartebeest, is a species of antelope found in arid grassy plains in a pocket on the border between Kenya and Somalia. These animals are critically endangered. There are only 500 to 1200 in the wild and only one female in captivity. In the 1970s there were more than 14,000 individuals, and only 7000 by the 1980s. Their decline is believed to have been brought on by cattle competition and drought. Hirola are known as the "four-eyed...
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