Bruno D'Amicis - The face of extinction
This is probably the very first time many of you hear about the Slender-horned gazelle or Reem. A beautiful species, endemic to the Sahara and perfectly adapted to sandy habitat, is now critically endangered. It is hard to count or study these gazelles and nobody knows how many are left in the sands of Algeria, Tunisia, Lybia and Egypt. Some say less than 1,000 some not more than 250: the truth is probably in between. Overhunting, habitat destruction, capture of young animals for menageries and lack of environmental law reinforcement in fact will lead this marvelous species to sure extinction if nothing will be done to monitor this species in its difficult habitat and implement protective measures. I’ve spent almost one month trying to track them in the Great Oriental Erg of Tunisia last spring and feel lucky enough of having encountered three animals in total. Then, as they had appeared in front of my camera, they vanished in the vastness of the Sahara. This is the very last image of the very last encounter. Extinction may have different faces: here you are looking at a beautiful species on a peaceful evening perfectly at home in one of the Planet”s most hostile places, probably unaware of its critical condition. This is probably the very first time many of you hear about this species. I really hope it won’t be the last.
Location: Grand Erg Oriental, Africa
Tags: Africa, bruno damicis, endangered, gazella leptoceros, gazelle, reem, sahara, slender horned