Topi

Scientific name

Damaliscus lunatus

Weight

90 to 147 kilograms (198 to 324 pounds)

Size

104 centimeters to 126 centimeters in height (40 to 50 inches)

Life span

15 years in the wild

Habitat

Floodplains and grasslands

Diet

Herbivorous

Gestation

8 months

Predators

Lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, hunting dogs, humans

Population estimate of
300,000
individuals
There are
5
subspecies of topi
Regionally extinct in
6
African countries
Topi

Challenges

Habitat loss is a major strain on topi populations.

Human populations are growing and expanding agriculture, roads, and settlements, leading to the loss of living space for these large antelopes and resulting in many complications. The topi’s ecological and dietary limitations make it more difficult for them to compete for resources. Hardier antelopes, like the wildebeest, fare better in less favorable conditions. Livestock is also out-competing topis on grazing ranges during the dry season.

Solutions

Our solutions to protecting the topi:

Strategy
Engage governments.

African Wildlife Foundation works with government entities to help plan and propose alternative solutions to habitat fragmentation. AWF provides its scientists and researchers as resources to assist in proper planning to ensure a balance between modernization and conservation.

Safari/Tourism
Grow conservation tourism.

AWF brings communities together with private investors to construct tourism lodges like Satao Elerai, a luxury lodge situated on 5,000 acres in Kenya. The land is protected, so wildlife can roam safely and freely, and the revenue is reinvested into the community and into local wildlife conservation.

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