Saving Saigas: Projects Around the World

Steppe Wildlife Clubs

 

In 2012-2013, Steppe Wildlife Clubs were established thanks to the efforts of enthusiasts and with the assistance of the Saiga Conservation Alliance. Today Steppe Wildlife Clubs have formed across schools in many saiga habitat areas. In the city of Elista, the capital of the Republic of Kalmykia, a Steppe Wildlife Club named “Living Heritage” has formed, with the participation of the Centre for Wild Animals of the Republic of Kalmykia, and located at Yashkul’ school. Steppe Wildlife Clubs have been also formed near the ranges of the Betpakdala and Ural saiga populations in Kazakhstan, in the villages of Akkol, Azhibai and Nursai. In the Ustyurt saiga population in Uzbekistan, teachers and local community representatives have also supported the initiative, creating Steppe Wildlife Clubs at school № 54 in Jaslyk village, schools № 56 and 26 in Karakalpakia and school № 37 in Nukus.

Before starting up their clubs, teachers attended a seminar on the principles of ecological education, helping to ensure consistency in planning and action between groups. Madina Abdikarimova, a teacher from school 37 in Nukus, Republic of Karakalpakstan, Uzbekistan, and one of the first supporters of Steppe Wildlife Clubs, says “It is surprising, but our children know so little about saigas! How can they learn about them, when it is easier to find out about Antarctic penguins and African lions from the TV and textbooks than it is to learn about a unique antelope that was found close to their villages and towns until quite recently?”

For generations, Steppe communities had been accustomed to herds of saigas grazing alongside
them. Today if you ask a schoolchild living in a steppe village whether they have seen a saiga, likely the answer will be no. At best, children know saigas from pictures in books or from stories related by elders. Today the saiga is in dire straits, and teachers provide a critical role in educating youth about the role of saiga as a vital part of the arid steppe ecosystem. The Steppe Wildlife Clubs are a key tool in that educational process.

News: Steppe Wildlife Clubs

Steppe Wildlife Clubs turn puppeteers!

On the eve of Saiga Day festival, children of Steppe Wildlife clubs in Karakalpakia learnt how to put on a puppet show! The show targeted primary and secondary school children as well as their teachers and parents raising awareness of wildlife conservation issues....

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Saiga Day celebrations in Russia 2016

As part of the annual celebration of the Saiga Day Yashkul High School held a series of events dedicated to the conservation of saiga. The annual competition “antelopes” saw over 60 children taking part in an event to promote environmental awareness and...

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‘Saiga Day’ festival in Central Kazakhstan 2016

At the beginning of June a “Saiga Day” festival was organized for over 100 local schoolchildren aged between 7-11 from Korgalzhyn village in Central Kazakhstan. This exciting event was fully supported by the SCA and our generous funders Wildlife Conservation Network....

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Supporting the Centre for Wild Animals in Kalmykia

Support for Leading Saiga Breeding Centre. This wonderful centre, run by professor Yuri Arylov was established in 2002 with funding from the local Kalmyk government in order to address the devastating decline in saigas across the region. The CWA was founded primarily...

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Saiga Day 2016 Celebrated in Uzbekistan

The ecological festival drew a huge audience in Karakalpakstan, Uzbekistan, from kindergarten and primary school kids to adults of all ages. This year, Uz-Kor Gas Chemical workers in Ustyurt joined the festival as well. As a part of the Saiga Day, they planted saxaul...

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Schools in Uzbekistan celebrate Migratory Species Day

It’s became an annual event for schools in the saiga regions of Nukus and Ustyurt to host Migratory Species Day events just before the Christmas break. This year, the the SCA team visited the Steppe Wildlife Club “Hope” which the first to celebrate. High school...

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Saiga Day Celebrations in Russia 2015

This year Saiga Day is in its 5th year of celebrations in Kalmykia, Russia and the Steppe Wildlife club Living Heritage help put on some wonderful celebrations. In the month preceding the celebrations they organized “environmental watch” devoted to stories...

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Saiga Day in Uzbekistan in 2015

A traditional Saiga Day was held in Uzbekistan in early May. This spring celebration gathered together a lot of people caring for the fate of the steppe antelope from Nukus city and remote villages of Karalpakstan in Uzbekistan. This year’s festival has acquired...

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Supporting the Centre for Wild Animals in Kalmykia

Support for Leading Saiga Breeding Centre This wonderful centre, run by professor Yuri Arylov was established in 2002 with funding from the local Kalmyk government in order to address the devastating decline in saigas across the region. The CWA was founded primarily...

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