Saigas are one of the most threatened species on the planet.

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Saiga Conservation Alliance

Saving the Critically Endangered Saiga Antelope from Extinction

 

 

The Cause

The saiga antelope once roamed across Europe and North America alongside mammoths and sabre-toothed cats. Saigas live in some of the harshest lands in the world, often migrating long distances between summer and winter pastures. Their unique physiology is ideally suited for this climate and habitat.

Once numbering in the millions, the saiga population crashed by 95% in fifteen years, the fastest decline ever recorded for a mammal species. They are now critically endangered. In May and early June of 2015, over 200,000 saiga in central Kazakhstan died suddenly due to a respiratory illness. The fate of the saiga is also closely tied to the economic downfall of the USSR in the 1990s, and illegal poaching to sell the horns for “medicine.”

The Challenge

Saigas are under threat for several reasons; they are increasingly hunted for their meat and valuable horns, which are believed to have medicinal purposes. Oil and gas exploration and transportation as well as the laying of new road and rail infrastructures are hindering saiga migrations and impeding access to traditional pastures, many of which are being threatened by increasing livestock numbers.

The Saiga Conservation Alliance works across the saiga’s range in Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Russia and Uzbekistan as well as in consumer countries such as China, to secure its future. Recently, the saiga population in Kazakhstan has begun to increase again, thanks in large part to the efforts of SCA.

A Prehistoric Marvel

The saiga antelope ranged across the Eurasian steppe since the ice age. Its extremely unusual oversized nose inflates to breathe warm air in the frosty winters and filter dust in the summers.

Working to Save Them

Conservationists are working in several nations across the saiga’s range to save this rare animal. It takes field work, education and outreach to make a positive change and help their future.

About Us

The Saiga Conservation Alliance is a network of researchers and conservationists who have worked together for over 15 years to study and protect the critically endangered saiga antelope.

Latest Update from the SCA on Facebook

While the summer is just around the corner we're excited to share some of the best moments of our recent #Saiga Cup! #Football is a favorite game of local Uzbek communities that serves as an alternative way to bring attention to the conservation of the most bizarre saiga antelope 😀 Go saiga nation! ⚽🏅 #wildlife #SaveTheSaiga #conservation #community ... See MoreSee Less

While the summer is just around the corner were excited to share some of the best moments of our recent #Saiga Cup! #Football is a favorite game of local Uzbek communities that serves as an alternative way to bring attention to the conservation of the most bizarre saiga antelope :D Go saiga nation! ⚽🏅 #wildlife #SaveTheSaiga #conservation #community

Latest Posts from the SCA Newsroom

Saigas are a part of Natures weirdest events!

Did you see saigas on TV this week? If not, here is your chance to catch-up and see not only saigas, but Saiga Conservation Alliance co-founder E.J. Milner-Gulland talking about the tragic deaths of so many saigas in Kazakhstan. In this episode, Chris Packham brings...

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Latest on the Mongolian crisis

Today our colleagues at WWF-Mongolia announced the results of a survey carried out by WWF-Mongolia and WCS-Mongolia in conjunction with local government agencies. Over the period 13-20th March transect surveys were carried out in the saiga ranges in Mongolia. We are...

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