About Us

Photo by Andrey Giljov & Karina Karenina

Our Mission

We are committed to restoring the saiga antelope to its position as the flagship species of the Central Asian and pre-Caspian steppes, reflecting the species’ cultural and economic value to local people and its fundamental role in the steppe ecosystem. We work collaboratively, and freely share our expertise and enthusiasm for saigas. We disseminate our work widely – to those working for saiga conservation, the public throughout the world, governments and the wider conservation community.

Who We Are

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. The SCA was officially inaugurated in September 2006, and in November 2006 we were granted Candidate Partner status by the Wildlife Conservation Network.

The SCA membership includes Trustees, who have responsibility for the governance of the charity, the Steering Committee, who make the executive decisions, Institutional members, Individual members, and Supporters.

How We Work

The Saiga Conservation Alliance’s guiding principles are to conserve the saiga antelope by working through local partnerships and to focus on sustainable long-term solutions that are based on sound science. We work collaboratively and complement the work of others in order to ensure efficient conservation action. The saiga is our target species; however we aim to conserve the steppe ecosystem as a whole, taking into account human needs as well as other species of fauna and flora. We disseminate our work widely – to those working in the conservation community, as well as governments and the public throughout the world.

We believe in strong presence and expertise on the ground – in fact, many of us have witnessed the dramatic decline of the saiga in our homelands firsthand, and together we have many decades of field research experience behind us. This allows us to work closely with all the saiga stakeholders, ranging from remote local communities out in the steppe right up to regional governments. It also ensures that we are well informed and can react quickly, while ensuring cost efficiency.

We place strong emphasis on providing the scientific building blocks for saiga conservation and contributing towards informed and incentive-driven conservation action. Our work is strengthened by strong links with other international research groups, NGOs and Conventions such as the Convention on Migratory Species.

Capacity building is another important part of our work. We train students and young scientists and work with NGOs and schools in the saiga range areas to carry out saiga-related projects. Through close interaction with law enforcement agencies, we also contribute towards the training of rangers in Russia and Kazakhstan.


The Saiga Conservation Alliance was formally launched in September 2006. We have two working languages: English and Russian. To download a pdf version of our constitution in either language please click on the link below:

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E.J. Milner-Gulland, Chair


David Mallon


Anthony Dancer, Treasurer


Anna Lushchekina


Steering Committee

Alexander Esipov


Guihong Zhang


Elena Bykova

Executive Secretary, Uzbekistan

Aline Kühl-Stenzel


Chimeddorj Buyanaa





Lhagvasuren Badamjavin


Alyona Chukhatina


E.J. Milner-Gulland

Chair, UK

Professor Zhigang Jiang


Anna Lushchekina

Anna Lushchekina

Buuveibaatar Bayarbaatar


Yuri Arylov


Yuri Grachev


Honorary Member

Amankul Bekenov


Contact the SCA

Carlyn Samuel

The SCA’s Administrator, who can help with any queries.

We are always keen to hear from people who are interested in saiga conservation or would like to contribute to our work. Please contact the most appropriate person from our Steering Committee, or for general enquiries, fill out our contact form: