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Antelope Conservation: From Diagnosis to Action

ISBN: 978-1-118-40959-6
376 pages
June 2016, Wiley-Blackwell
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Antelopes constitute a fundamental part of ecosystems throughout Africa and Asia where they act as habitat architects, dispersers of seeds, and prey for large carnivores. The fascication they hold in the human mind is evident from prehistoric rock paintings and ancient Egyptian art to today's wildlife documentaries and popularity in zoos. In recent years, however, the spectacular herds of the past have been decimated or extripated over wide areas in the wilds, and urgent conservation action is needed to preserve this world heritage for generations to come.

As the first book dedicated to antelope conservation, this volume sets out to diagnose the causes of the drastic declines in antelope biodiversity and on this basis identify the most effective points of action. In doing so, the book covers central issues in the current conservation debate, especially related to the management of overexploitation, habitat fragmentation, disease transmission, climate change, populations genetics, and reintroductions. The contributions are authored by world-leading experts in the field, and the book is a useful resource to conservation scientists and practitioners, researchers, and students in related disciplines as well as interested lay people.
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Table of Contents

Contributors vii

Preface and Acknowledgements x

Foreword xiii
Richard D. Estes

1 Our Antelope Heritage – Why the Fuss? 1
Jakob Bro-Jørgensen

2 Conservation Challenges Facing African Savanna Ecosystems 11
Adam T. Ford, John M. Fryxell, and Anthony R. E. Sinclair

3 Population Regulation and Climate Change: The Future of Africa’s Antelope 32
J. Grant C. Hopcraft

4 Interspecific Resource Competition in Antelopes: Search for Evidence 51
Herbert H. T. Prins

5 Importance of Antelope Bushmeat Consumption in African Wet and Moist Tropical Forests 78
John E. Fa

6 Opportunities and Pitfalls in Realising the Potential Contribution of Trophy Hunting to Antelope Conservation 92
Nils Bunnefeld and E. J. Milner-Gulland

7 Antelope Diseases – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly 108
Richard Kock, Philippe Chardonnet, and Claire Risley

8 Hands-on Approaches to Managing Antelopes and their Ecosystems: A South African Perspective 137
Michael H. Knight, Peter Novellie, Stephen Holness, Jacobus du Toit, Sam Ferreira, Markus Hofmeyr, Christina Grant, Marna Herbst, and Angela Gaylard

9 DNA in the Conservation and Management of African Antelope 162
Eline D. Lorenzen

10 Biological Conservation Founded on Landscape Genetics: The Case of the Endangered Mountain Nyala in the Southern Highlands of Ethiopia 172
Anagaw Atickem, Eli K. Rueness, Leif E. Loe, and Nils C. Stenseth

11 The Use of Camera-Traps to Monitor Forest Antelope Species 190
Rajan Amin, Andrew E. Bowkett, and Tim Wacher

12 Reintroduction as an Antelope Conservation Solution 217
Mark R. Stanley Price

13 Desert Antelopes on the Brink: How Resilient is the Sahelo-Saharan Ecosystem? 253
John Newby, Tim Wacher, Sarah M. Durant, Nathalie Pettorelli, and Tania Gilbert

14 The Fall and Rise of the Scimitar-Horned Oryx: A Case Study of Ex-Situ Conservation and Reintroduction in Practice 280
Tim Woodfine and Tania Gilbert

15 Two Decades of Saiga Antelope Research: What have we Learnt? 297
E. J. Milner-Gulland and Navinder J. Singh

16 Synthesis: Antelope Conservation – Realising the Potential 315
Jakob Bro-Jørgensen

Appendix: IUCN Red List Status of Antelope Species April 2016 329

Index 332

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