Springhare

Scientific name

Pedetes capensis

Weight

3 to 4 kilograms (6 to 9 pounds)

Size

35 to 45 centimeters in length (13 to 18 inches)

Life span

Up to 13 years in captivity

Habitat

Dry savannas

Diet
Herbivorous
Gestation

2 to 3 months

Predators

Serval cats, caracals, wild cats, genets, mongooses, ratels, jackals, large owls

Native to
7
African countries
Listed in
1996
as 'vulnerable'
Concentrations of
40
springhares are common
Spring Hare

Challenges

The springhare is losing living space.

Human settlement, ranching, and fencing of land results in the loss of critical habitat for the hares.

They are often killed as pests.

As human settlement and agriculture expand and encroach on springhares’ habitats, hares may take to crop raiding and eat sweet potatoes, groundnuts, pumpkins, and the shoots of maize and wheat. In those cases, snaring and shooting can cause localized population depletion. 

Solutions

Our solutions to protecting the springhare:

Agriculture
Provide agricultural training.

African Wildlife Foundation engages communities living near wildlife to create sustainable practices for agricultural and settlement growth by providing training on best practices and incentivizing conservation agriculture when appropriate. This helps increase agricultural and economic productivity while minimizing the land used for agriculture, giving wildlife more space to live.

Conservation
Use technology to foster conservation.

AWF uses technology to identify critical landscapes in need of intervention and then set sustainable development plans that will both improve the lives of people and protect wildlife. In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), we used Geographic Information System (GIS) technology and satellite images to determine what forest areas have been disturbed due to human activity.

Spring Hare
Spring Hare

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