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One of the most common ungulates over many African grasslands until the early 1900s, the topi (Damaliscus lunatus) has once gone extinct in much of its former range and remaining populations continued to decline. Now, it can be found all over parts of southern and Central Africa, so it is classified as Least concern. It is the rise of cattle-based human societies in its habitat which has resulted in the retreat of many extant topi populations. Known for its distinctive sentry position on termite mounds as it surveys its range, the topi has a short, glossy, brown coat with a bold pattern of black patches, and fawn coloured underparts and legs. Most of thesubspecies also have a purple sheen, black face masks, and black patches on the upperlimbs. Both sexes have strong, deeply ringed, S-shaped horns.



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