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 sad to report that over 54% of the unique Mongolian Saiga subspecies have died from this outbreak of ‘Sheep and Goat disease’ since the previous population survey in January this year.
The researchers noted that it was mainly males and calves which had died. Their data and recommendations are now formulating new strategies to save the remaining population in Mongolia.
Once again, we would like to thank all our kind donors who supported our recent appeal to help stop this crisis. These funds raised are already supporting ongoing efforts on the ground and helping implement strategies to save this critical population of under 5,000 animals.