Pelea capreolus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Cetartiodactyla Bovidae

Scientific Name: Pelea capreolus
Species Authority: (Forster, 1790)
Common Name(s):
English Grey Rhebok, Common Rhebok, Rhebok, Vaal Rhebok

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): IUCN SSC Antelope Specialist Group
Reviewer(s): Mallon, D.P. (Antelope Red List Authority) & Hoffmann, M. (Global Mammal Assessment)
Listed as Least Concern as the Grey Rhebok is represented by stable populations in a good number of protected areas and on private lands, and there are no major threats resulting in large-scale declines.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:The Grey Rhebok is endemic to a small region in southern Africa, inhabiting montane and plateau grasslands of South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho. In South Africa, their distribution is discontinuous and patchy, and they no longer occur north of the Orange River in the Northern Cape, or in parts of the North West Province. They formerly occurred widely in the highveld of western Swaziland, but have disappeared from parts of their former range; they remain fairly common in Malolotja Nature Reserve and still survive locally in unprotected areas. In Lesotho, they probably occurred widely in the past, but have been reduced to a few scattered remnant populations. It responded well to protection in Sehlabathebe National Park in the 1980s (East 1999; Avenant in press).

Although believed to have occurred formerly in hilly country around Gaborone in south-east Botswana, there is no conclusive evidence for their presence in this country (Smithers 1971).
Countries occurrence:
Lesotho; South Africa; Swaziland
Additional data:
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Population [top]

Population:Summation of available population estimates gives a total of >9,800, but this excludes substantial areas for which estimates are unavailable. East (1999) suggested a total population of about 18,000, of which at least one-quarter is in protected areas and more than 30% on private land. Overall population trend is generally stable (especially in protected areas), but decreasing in some parts of the range. The largest population is that in the Ukahlamba-Drakensberg Park (2,000-3,000).

Estimated population densities of the Grey Rhebok in protected areas are generally in the range 0.5-1.7/km², but occasionally lower (e.g., 0.2-0.3/km² in Addo- Zuurberg and Karoo National Parks), or higher (e.g., 4.3/km² in Bontebok National Park) (summarized in East 1999).
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Grey Rhebok are associated with rocky hills, grassy mountain slopes, and montane and plateau grasslands in southern Africa. They are predominantly browsers, and largely water independent, obtaining most of their water requirements from their food (Avenant in press).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): there are no known major threats, but localized declines have taken place due to habitat alteration, hunting pressure, and predation by uncontrolled dogs (East 1999; Avenant in press).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Grey Rhebok are reported to occur in at least 29 provincial reserves and six national parks in South Africa, and in Malolotja Nature Reserve in Swaziland, and Sehlabathebe National Park in Lesotho (East 1999).

Citation: IUCN SSC Antelope Specialist Group. 2008. Pelea capreolus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T16484A5930581. . Downloaded on 18 August 2017.
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