Gerenuk

Gerenuk

The gerenuk inhabits the dry, brushy region of east Africa from the Serengeti plain of Tanzania north along the coast through Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea, and into southern Somalia.

The gerenuk formerly occurred widely in the semi-arid bushland of north-east Africa, from southern Djibouti to north-east Tanzania. The species was once found in eastern Egypt and northeastern Sudan, as well.

The gerenuk still occupies large parts of its historical range and inhabits the dry, brushy region of east Africa from the Serengeti plain of Tanzania north along the coast through Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea, and into southern Somalia. The northern limit of the range is about 11o30’N in Djibouti and the southern limit around Tarangire National Park (NP) in Tanzania.

It was described as the most common and most widespread antelope species across Somalia, but little recent information is available on its current distribution there and it was expected to have been severely reduced. The species remains widely but thinly spread in Somaliland, northern Somalia.


Image | ©️ Donna Brown, Some Rights Reserved, (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
Sources | (East, 1999; Grzimek, 1990; IUCN SSC Antelope Specialist Group, 2016; Leuthold, 2013; Mallon & Jama, 2015; Payne, 2003)

 

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