Lamagazelle Ammodorcas clarkei (Thomas, 1891)


English: Dibatag; French: Gazelle de Clarke; Dibatag; Somali: Dibatag.

Former distribution: Somali arid zones and eastern Ethiopia.
Present distribution: East of the river Webe Shebeli in Somalia and in Ethiopia (Ogaden) west of the river Djerer.
Behaviour: See Springbock
Population status: Endangered. Estimated numbers: Somalia 1500 (1967); Ethiopia: no records.
Brief notes:
Body weight: 28-35 kg
Head and body length: 152-160 cm
Tail length: 30-36 cm
Shoulder height: 80-88 cm
Gestation period: 6-7 months
Maximum age: Probably 10-12 years
Trophy: Record RW’s: 12 7/8″, 1970 El Bur, J.A. NIELSEN; average 9″.
Hunting methods: Formerly stalking, now protected by law.
Remarks: Predators include lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, wild dogs, and caracals. The decline is due to poaching, droughts and competition with livestock.