|Date||12 Mar 2014|
Hirola is arguably the world’s most endangered antelope, having been eliminated almost entirely from their historic range due to chronic range degradation. My proposed work will explore options to characterize the landscape to maximize the chances of successful reintroductions in future. In 2012, we translocated 48 hirola into a predator-proof sanctuary and collared nine females representing 7 herds in outlying areas to serve as a source population for future reintroductions. Using a combination of GPS telemetry, demographic indices and satellite imagery, I will characterize landscape (distance to nearest settlement, distance to water) and vegetation (percent shrub cover, percent annual grasses, percent perennial grasses) features that hirola select or avoid so as to target reintroductions in areas that share these attributes.
Specifically, I will identify and compare prospective reintroduction sites within the historic range by integrating:
This will be the first step towards long-term successful species reintroduction and recovery. This will also point to management solutions that can be realistically enacted on the ground to maximize the chances of self-sustaining populations of hirola in the future.
Read about Abdullahi's previous project http://www.rufford.org/rsg/projects/abdullahi_hussein_ali_0 or for more information contact: