Swayne’s Hartebeest, Senkelle Ethiopia
photo/text by Tim Melling
Swayne’s Hartbeest or Korkay (Alcelaphus buselaphus swaynei) is a highly endangered subspecies of Hartbeest, with numbers totalling fewer than a thousand. They are listed by the IUCN as in “imminent danger of extinction”. They numbered hundreds of thousands a century ago, but habitat destruction (grasslands to arable), hunting and rindipest has now depleted their numbers.