Rare Kenyan antelope discovery


This video says about itself:

Arabuko Sokoke is a costal forest to the North of Mombasa. This fascinating forest wilderness is nestled beside the beaches of Watamu. The forest is a world apart from the beaches and reefs with an untold wealth of natural beauty. The air is filled with butterflies and birds, the trees alive with monkeys and the forest floor home to many smaller mammals.

From Wildlife Extra:

Large population of Critically Endangered antelope found in threatened Kenyan forest

Pictures captured by scientists reveal hidden wildlife hotspot

July 2011. A previously unrecorded population of Africa’s most critically endangered forest antelope has been found living in a highly threatened forest in Northern Kenya, scientists can reveal.

Conservationists are calling for the immediate preservation of the Boni-Dodori forest after camera traps set up by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), the Kenyan Wildlife Service (KWS), Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust (WWCT), National Museums of Kenya and the WWF discovered a new population of Aders’ duiker (Cephalophus adersi), a very rare small forest antelope.

Aders’ duiker (Cephalophus adersi) is classed as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and there are no individuals held in captivity. The antelope was formerly only known from the coastal forest of
Zanzibar Island in Tanzania and the Arabuko – Sokoke forest, near Malindi in Kenya.

Population estimates show that in the last 20 years the number of Aders’ duikers has fallen by around 80% from 5000 individuals to around 1000, too few to be sure of the continued survival of this species. The Aders’ duiker is endangered due to loss of habitat and hunting; as the numbers have declined the habitat has also fragmented into isolated patches, further increasing the risk of extinction. The Aders’ duiker is a conservation priority in Kenya and ZSL and partners are supporting the work of the Kenya Wildlife Service to protect this highly endangered animal.

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