Roan Antelope

Scientific name

Hippotragus equinus

Weight

225 to 300 kilograms (495 to 660 pounds)

Size

1 to 2 meters at the shoulder (4.5 to 5 feet)

Life span

17 years

Habitat

Savannas, woodlands, and grasslands

Diet

Herbivorous

Gestation

Approximately 9 months

Predators

Hyenas, leopards, wild dogs, humans

Can run up to
55
kilometers per hour
Total population of
60,000
is estimated
Regionally extinct in
2
African countries
Roan Antelope

Challenges

The roan antelope is losing its living spaces.

They have been eliminated from parts of its former range due to habitat loss resulting from human activity, such as agricultural expansion and new road and settlement construction.

Poaching is also taking its toll on the roan antelope. 

Hunting outside of protected areas is persistent, which is the reason they have been eliminated from most of their former range. Now, they mainly survive only in protected areas.

Solutions

Our solutions to preserving the roan antelope:

Protected Area
Create more protected areas.

African Wildlife Foundation works with governments and communities to set aside land for wildlife corridors — large areas of land that wildlife can use to travel between parks and countries. Corridors give creatures, like the roan antelope, the ability to roam freely and safely as they move in search of water, travel to calving grounds, and look for food.

Economic Development
Improve livelihoods.

AWF works with communities to identify opportunities for sustainable livelihood improvement. In Siavonga, Zambia, where local populations earn large populations of goats, we focused on livestock production. Due to food security challenges, local communities were turning to unsustainable land-use activities, including charcoal burning, quarry stone crushing, and slash-and-burn agriculture. To alleviate food security problems and increase revenue while reducing wildlife habitat loss, AWF piloted a commercial goat enterprise that included finding markets where goats could be sold at competitive prices and training farmers in goat husbandry and financial management.

Roan Antelope
Roan Antelope

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