The beisa oryx is found on the eastern side of Africa in Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, and Tanzania. This antelope is thought to now be extinct in Uganda and Eritrea. The social upheavals in Uganda contributed to the extinction of the beisa oryx, as it was machine-gunned from jeeps for sport.
Expanding agriculture, especially establishing grazing for domestic animals, has helped to restrict the range of the beisa oryx. Poaching continues to be a major problem both in protected areas and outside. Beisa oryx are killed both for their meat and for hides. They also have predation pressures from leopards, hunting dogs, lions, and hyenas. The numbers of beisa oryx are declining.
A relatively small proportion of beisa oryx lives in protected areas. There are few protected areas in the beisa’s range, and more needs to be done to halt and reverse the population decline. There are, however, captive breeding programs in place in both Europe and North America.
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