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Lichtenstein’s hartebeest – Alcephalus lichtensteinii

Lichtenstein’s hartebeestwere once the widest ranging antelope in Southern Africa, being found from the Mediterranean to the Cape. Due to the Rindepest epidemic, poaching and civil war in Zimbabwe and South Africa, numbers are now excessively low. Because there are so few Lichtenstein’s hartebeest, the Zimbabwean Government has placed them on the Specially Protected Animals list. This means that the penalties are harsher for poachers who kill them, either by high fines or imprisonment. CITES has placed them on Appendix II. This gregarious antelope is territorial. The male stands as a sentry when under threat, allowing the herd to escape unharmed.