Target: Intergovernmental Authority on Development for the Horn of Africa Initiative, Mwathi Kung’u
Goal: Prevent increasing fragmentation of endangered antelope habitat.
A recent study indicates climate change will make suitable land for endangered African antelope habitats increasingly scarce. Land that accommodates the distinct needs of African antelopes is rare; we must ensure land fragmentation does not divide these areas into even smaller territories.
The study showed African antelopes living in small geographical ranges have the most to lose from climate change. Antelopes living in smaller territories usually require more specific temperature and rainfall needs, meaning as these narrow conditions shift due to climate change, so do antelope population numbers. The study calculated the population changes are predicted to take place by 2080 if climate change and conservation efforts continue as they currently are. Of the 72 species of antelope participating in the simulation, the findings indicated 82 percent will have reduced available territory suitable for their needs by 2080 and only one quarter of said species are likely to still have half of the land they occupy currently. The report also showed that, under current conditions, none of the species currently listed on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List, a list of species threatened with extinction, will improve in status and that ten of the species already listed on the Red List will become even more critically endangered by 2080.
This report indicates greater efforts must be assumed if the world wishes to save antelopes from impending extinction. Antelopes preferring cooler, drier climates, such as those living in the African Horn and Liberia, are likely to be affected the most. If we wish to increase the likelihood of survival for African antelopes, we must expand viable territory for their range–this can be done through preventing the increasing fragmentation of land in east Africa. Sign below to demand infrastructure in east Africa does not separate viable land for antelope conservation.
Dear Mr. Kung’u,
One-third of the world’s 87 species of antelope are considered threatened with endangerment. Many of these endangered species live in east Africa where unique climate conditions are ripe for the needs of African antelope. The land available for antelope range that has the correct temperature and receives a proper amount of rainfall to sustain them is becoming increasingly rare. Areas that could be used to house antelopes are diminished by the division of land for infrastructure.
I believe animals such as African antelope should not have to sacrifice their survival to the whim of humans. I plead with you to cooperate with local conservation organizations to ensure development does not harm wildlife such as the endangered African antelopes.
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Photo Credit: Hans Stieglitz