Eudorcas tilonura 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Cetartiodactyla Bovidae

Scientific Name: Eudorcas tilonura (Heuglin, 1868)
Common Name(s):
English Heuglin's Gazelle, Eritrean Gazelle
French Gazelle d'Erythrée
Eudorcas rufifrons ssp. tilonura (Heuglin, 1868)
Gazella rufifrons ssp. tilonura (Heuglin, 1868)
Taxonomic Source(s): Kingdon, J. and Hoffmann, M. 2013. Eudorcas tilonura. In: J. Kingdon and M. Hoffmann (eds), The Mammals of Africa, pp. 359. Bloomsbury, London, UK.
Taxonomic Notes: Eudorcas tilonura occurs east of the river Nile. In the past it has been been treated as conspecific with Thomson’s Gazelle (E. thomsonii), and Mongalla Gazelle (E. albonotata) (Gentry 1972, Kingdon 1997, East 1999) or as a subspecies of E. rufifrons (e.g., Grubb 2005). Groves (2013) considered it as a distinct species and this treatment is provisionally followed here.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered C1 ver 3.1
Year Published: 2017
Date Assessed: 2016-04-20
Assessor(s): IUCN SSC Antelope Specialist Group
Reviewer(s): Hoffmann, M.

Heuglin's Gazelle is listed as Endangered under criterion C1 as the total population is estimated to now be 2,500-3,500 (hence <2,500 mature individuals). Also, in the face of ongoing hunting, competition with domestic livestock and habitat degradation, as well as ineffective protection in most of its range, there is an estimated and predicted continuing decline in the population of 20% within two generations (nine years) since the last assessment in 2008.

Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:

Heuglin's Gazelle ranges east of the Nile between the southern part of the Red Sea Hills in Sudan and the southern foothills of the Ethiopian massif in western Eritrea and north-western Ethiopia (East 1999, Hashim 2013). Currently it is believed to remain present in much of its historical range but in localized patches (Hashim 2013). This is a poorly studied species and very few recent survey data are available. Populations in Eritrea have been severely depleted, with some reportedly still present in the Kerkebet area and possibly also Gash-Setit in the south-west (H. Yohannes, Eritrean Forestry and Wildlife Authority, pers. comm., 2013, Mallon 2014). In Ethiopia the species is still present in Kabra Sheraro National Park (N.P.) in the north-west (H. Pohlstrand, in litt. April 2016) and possibly in Alatish N.P.

Countries occurrence:
Eritrea; Ethiopia; Sudan
Additional data:
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Population [top]

Population:East (1999) produced a rough estimate of 3,500-4,000 Heuglin’s Gazelles, and a declining trend in Eritrea, stable or declining in Ethiopia, and unknown in Sudan. Since then, the species has been reduced to small, fragmented populations throughout its range and is declining in Sudan (Hashim 2013). According to East (1999) it was present in 'fair numbers' in parts of Eritrea such as Gash-Setit, but since then its numbers in the country have been greatly depleted and it may number no more than the low hundreds (H. Yohannes, Eritrean Forestry and Wildlife Authority, pers. comm. 2013). There is no recent information from Ethiopia. Given these reported declines in most of its range since 1999, it is likely that numbers now are no more than 2,500-3,500 at best. Density in Dinder N.P. was estimated at 1/km² (Hashim 1998).
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
Additional data:
Number of mature individuals:1750-2450Continuing decline of mature individuals:Yes
Extreme fluctuations:NoPopulation severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Heuglin's Gazelle inhabits dry grassland, and thorn bushland up to 1,400 m (Yalden et al. 1996).
Generation Length (years):4.3

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This gazelle is hunted for meat but the offtake level is unknown.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Hunting and habitat degradation due to overgrazing, clearance of scrub, cutting of shade trees, drought, and agricultural encroachment are the main threats to this species (East 1999, Hashim 2013).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The species occurs in Kabrar Sheraro N.P. and possibly also in Alatish N.P. (Ethiopia); Dinder N.P. in Sudan; and Gash Setit wildlife sanctuary in Eritrea (however the latter site has not been formally gazetted). East (1999) noted that even at that time, protection in Dinder N.P. was ineffective as the open habitats preferred by the species were utilised intensively in the dry season by camel herders who cut down the shade trees to feed their livestock. A small number of captive animals are kept at Al Wabra in Qatar.

Citation: IUCN SSC Antelope Specialist Group. 2017. Eudorcas tilonura. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T8991A50188182. . Downloaded on 19 September 2018.
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