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2010 Small Grant Programme winner: Gunbat Gundensambuu and Bayarbaatar Buuveibaatar (Mongolia) “Food habits and overlaps between livestock and Mongolian saiga”
Gunbat Gundensambuu is a Masters student at the National University of Mongolia, studying for a degree in ecology and conservation. The ecology of the Mongolian saiga antelope has featured in Gunbat’s previous studies and will form the basis of his MSc thesis. He has...read more
2010 Small Grant Winner: Aizada Nurumbetova (Uzbekistan) “Training of women in skills of workmanship and needlework to develop alternative livelihood sources on the Ustiurt Plateau, Uzbekistan”
Aizada Nurumbetova is director of the “Keuil nury” Centre for Social Support of Women in Karakalpakstan, Uzbekistan. Aizada’s grant will be used to develop alternative sources of income for inhabitants of the Ustiurt plateau in Uzbekistan by training local women in...read more
Nearly 12,000 Critically Endangered saiga antelopes have been found dead over the last week in the Ural population in western Kazakhstan. The dead were mostly females who had recently given birth, as well as their calves. The official 2009 estimate of the size of the...read more
As of 10 May 2010 the Saiga Conservation Alliance is a registered charity; registered with and regulated by the Charity Commission for England and Wales (registered charity no.1135851).read more
We are happy to announce that the 2010 Small Grants Programme is now open for applications. The programme is this year again generously supported by the Wildlife Conservation Network and the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation. You can find all...read more
The International Fund for Animal Welfare report expert findings of a critical decline in the Kalmykian saiga population. Saiga numbers reportedly dropped from 14-15 thousand individuals to 8-9 thousand in the North-West Caspian region in the past year....read more
The SCA is launching an emergency appeal to help save the saiga population in pre-Caspian Russia, which is now under severe threat of extinction after a particularly harsh winter and renewed heavy poaching. Your help is needed urgently to strengthen anti-poaching...read more
In collaboration with the Rostov-based tour company Saga Tours, and with the Saiga Conservation Alliance, the UK-based company Eastern Approaches is offering a new cultural tour of the saiga range area in southern Russia, to run in August 2010. The tour will include...read more
Fenglian Li (China) “Saiga trade market monitoring, outreach campaign and law enforcement support for TCM in Guangzhou, China”
Fenglian Li, of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) China Program, intends to use the grant to expand upon the work of 2009 small grant winner Guihong Zhang, addressing the illegal trade of saiga antelope horn in Guangzhou, China (see corresponding Articles in...read more
In a decline on par with that suffered by the American bison in the Nineteenth Century, in the 1990s the saiga antelope of the Central Asian steppe plummeted from over one million individuals to 50,000, dropping a staggering 95 percent in a decade and a half. Since...read more
Bonn, 25June 2009 – On the occasion of the 30th Anniversary of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), the Russian Federation has enhanced its support for the conservation of the Saiga antelope by signing the agreement established in the framework of the...read more
The Medium term progress report towards the fulfilment of the Convention on Migratory Species’(CMS) international work programme is now available and can be found here, both in English and Russian. For more information on the CMS, please visit...read more
In 2007 the SCA initiated a pioneering Small Grants Programme. This competition aims to build capacity at the grassroots level by enabling individuals to apply for a grant of up to $2,000 for a one-year project on saiga conservation in the wild. The Small Grants...read more
On 20 December, 2008 IRVES 3 Mobile AntiPoaching Unit and police officers detained two Mongolian citizens who killed 6 Mongolian Saigas. A volunteer ranger informed the case of the Saiga poaching and location of the occurrence. The saiga ranger of the Saiga...read more
Bayarbaatar Buuveibaatar, a young scientist engaged in saiga research and conservation activites in his home country of Mongolia, has been awarded $15,000 USD to carry out his Masters research in the USA from the Sidney Byers Scholarship for Wildlife Conservation. The...read more
A quarter of all antelope species are threatened with extinction, according to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. The results, compiled by the Antelope Specialist Group of IUCN’s Species Survival Commission, show that out of 91 species of antelope, 25 are...read more
Born from a Central European idea around 1900, the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC) was established in 1928 in Palárikovo, Slovakia. Since then, it has gained global recognition as a unique advisor in the field of sustainable use and the...read more
Pirsch, a German magazine for hunting and nature enthusiasts, have published an article on the decline of the saiga antelope, which features information about the work of the SCA. You can download the article here (in German!).read more
At the 7th national contest for Environmental Journalism that was held in Tashkent on 20 December 2008, the SCA’s biannual newsletter Saiga News won the award for the Best Environmental Publication. Members of the jury noted that Saiga News has united every...read more
Founder member of the SCA and Director of the Centre for Wild Animals (CWA), Yuri Arylov, has been interviewed by Russia Today as part of a story on the work of the CWA. The centre is the most successful captive saiga breeding centre in the world, and along with...read more