Beira (antelope)

Beira (antelope)
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Bovidae
Genus: Dorcatragus
Noack, 1894
Species: D. megalotis
Binomial name
Dorcatragus megalotis
(Menges, 1894)

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.