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Addax facing imminent extinction in the wild:

Discussion in 'Wildlife & Nature Conservation' started by Swampy, 6 May 2016.

  1. Swampy

    Swampy Well-Known Member

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    Wow! Didn't see this one coming!

    Hopefully an antelope species that does well in captivity?
     
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    Well, the IUCN has listed it as critically endangered since 2000, and there were already thought to be fewer than 200 left, so it's not entirely surprising. But yes, a species that does breed well in captivity. Not sure about the viability of captive-born animals for reintroduction programs anytime soon though.
     
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    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

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    there's an earlier article here (from before this most recent survey) with some more information on the precipitous decline and the immediate threats: Poachers Went After This Amazing Antelope for Fun

    There are thousands of addax in captivity, and there could be reintroduction programmes as happened with scimitar-horned oryx, but at the moment there is little point in doing so because they would just be shot.
     
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    And yet one has to wonder how long they can be absent from functional areas of habitat before the habitat itself starts to change and potentially suffer as a result. It might well be that they have to reintroduce to keep the species part of the system even if its an uphill battle against poachers. At least if they've got a huge stock of captive then it shouldn't be too hard to source individuals for release; though moral destroying if the poaching issue can't be dealt with.