2015 Saiga Die-Off: Tragedy and Recovery
Female saigas gather in huge numbers to give birth on the open plain over a period of just 10 days each summer. In May of 2015 however, a tragic scene unfolded on the steppes of central Kazakhstan. Females became weak and uncoordinated, dying in a matter of hours. Newborn calves followed soon after. After just a few days, nearly 200,000 saigas perished.
Scientists worked to determine the cause of the illness and steps to recovery. This video captures the tragedy and offers hope for the future of the species.
News: Saiga 2015 Die-Off
Background Nearly 12,000 Critically Endangered saiga antelopes were found dead over the week commencing 19th May 2010, in the Ural population in western Kazakhstan. The dead were mostly females who had recently given birth, which suggests that their calves have also...