Extinction of the blue antelope Hippotragus leucophaeus: modeling predicts non-viable global population size as the primary driver

  title={Extinction of the blue antelope Hippotragus leucophaeus: modeling predicts non-viable global population size as the primary driver},
  author={Graham I. H. Kerley and Rebecca Sims-Castley and Andr{\'e} F. Boshoff and Richard M. Cowling},
  journal={Biodiversity and Conservation},
The extinction of the blue antelope Hippotragus leucophaeus in 1800 is poorly documented and understood, and has been ascribed to a combination of habitat loss and overhunting by early European colonists with firearms. We modeled the distribution and abundance of this species to gain insight into the extinction process. Model outputs indicate that prior to the arrival of European colonists, blue antelope were restricted to a small area (c. 4,300 km2), with an estimated population of only 370… Expand

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