Tora hartebeest

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Tora hartebeest
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Bovidae
Subfamily: Alcelaphinae
Genus: Alcelaphus
Species:
Subspecies:
A. b. tora
Trinomial name
Alcelaphus buselaphus tora
(Gray, 1873)

The tora hartebeest (Alcelaphus buselaphus tora) is an extremely endangered antelope, native to Eritrea and Ethiopia. It has possibly been extirpated from Sudan. One of the most critically endangered large mammals in the world, it is threatened by poaching and habitat loss. Perhaps fewer than 250 individuals remain in the wild and there is no captive population, as little to no action has been taken to preserve them.

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References

  1. IUCN SSC Antelope Specialist Group (2008). "Alcelaphus buselaphus ssp. tora". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species . 2008. Retrieved 11 February 2009.
  2. https://ecos.fws.gov/ecp0/profile/speciesProfile?sId=620