John Frederick Walker

How the rare Giant Sable escaped being bred out of existence

Posted in conservation news, giant sable news by JFW on January 15, 2016
Pedro Vaz Pinto at the American Museum of Natural History's Giant Sable diorama

Pedro Vaz Pinto at the American Museum of Natural History’s Giant Sable diorama

Pedro Vaz Pinto, the Angolan researcher who heads conservation efforts to ensure the survival of his country’s national animal, the giant sable antelope, is the lead author of a just-published paper, “Hybridization following population collapse in a critically endangered antelope” in Nature Scientific Reports (link here).  It was Vaz Pinto’s 2009 capture operation that isolated a remnant giant sable population in Cangandala National Park to prevent hybridization with roan antelopes and allow the subspecies to recover.

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