Dorcatragus megalotis (Menges, 1894)
* Dorcatragus megalotis on Mammal Species of the World.
The Beira (Dorcatragus megalotis) is a small antelope that inhabits arid regions of Somalia, Djibouti, and eastern Ethiopia.
The Beira stands 1.5 to 2 feet (0.46 to 0.61 m) high at the shoulder and weighs between 20 to 25 pounds (9.1 to 11 kg). It has a coarse, red-grey coat with a yellow-red face. It has long, 6 inches (15 cm) ears and the males of the species have short, straight horns. There is presently a captive-breeding program at the Al Wabra Wildlife Preservation in Qatar. The current captive population is about 35 beira.
The term 'beira' is derived from behra, its Somali name.
1. ^ Heckel, J.-O., Rayaleh, H.A., Wilhelmi, F. & Hammer, S. (2008). Dorcatragus megalotis. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 29 March 2009. Database entry includes a brief justification of why this species is of vulnerable.
* Description and Behaviour of the Beira Antelope
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