Alcelaphus buselaphus ssp. major 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Cetartiodactyla Bovidae

Scientific Name: Alcelaphus buselaphus ssp. major (Blyth, 1869)
Parent Species:
Common Name(s):
English Western Hartebeest
Taxonomic Notes: Western Hartebeest or Kanki (A. b. major) is one of eight subspecies of Hartebeest, following Gosling and Capellini (2013). The others being: Bubal Hartebeest (A. b. buselaphus); Lichtenstein's Hartebeest (A. b. lichtensteinii); Coke's Hartebeest or Kongoni (A. b. cokii); Tora Hartebeest (A. b. tora); Swayne's Hartebeest or Korkay (A. b. swaynei); Lelwel Hartebeest (A. b. lelwel); and Red Hartebeest (A. b. caama).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable A2cd ver 3.1
Year Published: 2017
Date Assessed: 2016-07-26
Assessor(s): IUCN SSC Antelope Specialist Group
Reviewer(s): Cooke, R.
Western Hartebeest is listed as Vulnerable with a suspected decline across its range of greater than 30% over the past 23 years (three generations). Hunting levels and habitat loss are high, and populations even within protected areas (such as Comoé National Park (N.P.) and Niokolo Koba N.P.) have undergone major declines.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Western Hartebeest once ranged from Senegal eastwards to western Central African Republic and south-west Chad, although they have always been marginal in these last two countries. They have disappeared from much of their former range in this region, surviving mainly in and around protected areas; they no longer occur in The Gambia (though migrants may enter from Senegal) (East 1999, Gosling and Capellini 2013).

For the distribution map, see the parent species assessment: Alcelaphus buselaphus.
Countries occurrence:
Benin; Burkina Faso; Cameroon; Central African Republic; Chad; Côte d'Ivoire; Ghana; Guinea; Guinea-Bissau; Mali; Niger; Nigeria; Senegal; Togo
Regionally extinct:
Additional data:
Range Map:Click here to open the map viewer and explore range.

Population [top]

Population:East (1999) estimated the population of Western Hartebeest at 36,000 individuals (correcting for under-counting bias in aerial surveys) and declining nearly everywhere. Densities of Western Hartebeest range from 0.01 to 1.66/km² (Gosling and Capellini 2013, and references therein).
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:More tolerant of woodland areas and high grass than other alcelaphines, Hartebeest (including Western Hartebeest) prefer the edge to the middle of open plains (Estes 1991, Gosling and Capellini 2013) and thus appear to be an edge or ecotone species (Booth 1985), generally avoiding more closed woodland. Western Hartebeest utilise grassland clearings within the wooded savanna of West Africa (Gosling and Capellini 2013).
Generation Length (years):7.5

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: Hartebeest (including Western Hartebeest) are hunted for food and sport and are particularly valued for their high-quality meat (Gosling and Capellini 2013).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The main threats to Hartebeest in general, and including Western Hartebeest, are agro-pastoral development and hunting.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: More than 95% of the global population of Western Hartebeest was found in protected areas (East 1999). Areas holding important populations of Western Hartebeest include: Niokolo-Koba (Senegal) - although this population declined by half in the 1990s alone and has declined further since, Comoé N. P. (Côte d’Ivoire) - although this population declined by 60% between 1984 and 1998 (Fischer and Linsenmair 2001), Nazinga and Diefoula (Burkina Faso), Mole (Ghana), Pendjari (Benin) and the national parks and hunting zones of North Province (Cameroon).

Citation: IUCN SSC Antelope Specialist Group. 2017. Alcelaphus buselaphus ssp. major. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T817A50181578. . Downloaded on 22 May 2018.
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