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Saiga Conservation Alliance

Saving the Critically Endangered Saiga Antelope from Extinction



The Cause

The saiga antelope once roamed across Europe and North America alongside mammoths and sabre-toothed cats. Saigas live in some of the harshest lands in the world, often migrating long distances between summer and winter pastures. Their unique physiology is ideally suited for this climate and habitat.

Once numbering in the millions, the saiga population crashed by 95% in fifteen years, the fastest decline ever recorded for a mammal species. They are now critically endangered. In May and early June of 2015, over 200,000 saiga in central Kazakhstan died suddenly due to a respiratory illness. The fate of the saiga is also closely tied to the economic downfall of the USSR in the 1990s, and illegal poaching to sell the horns for “medicine.”

The Challenge

Saigas are under threat for several reasons; they are increasingly hunted for their meat and valuable horns, which are believed to have medicinal purposes. Oil and gas exploration and transportation as well as the laying of new road and rail infrastructures are hindering saiga migrations and impeding access to traditional pastures, many of which are being threatened by increasing livestock numbers.

The Saiga Conservation Alliance works across the saiga’s range in Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Russia and Uzbekistan as well as in consumer countries such as China, to secure its future. Recently, the saiga population in Kazakhstan has begun to increase again, thanks in large part to the efforts of SCA.

A Prehistoric Marvel

The saiga antelope ranged across the Eurasian steppe since the ice age. Its extremely unusual oversized nose inflates to breathe warm air in the frosty winters and filter dust in the summers.

Working to Save Them

Conservationists are working in several nations across the saiga’s range to save this rare animal. It takes field work, education and outreach to make a positive change and help their future.

About Us

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.

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Stunning new photos by Tim Flach show the faces of endangered species, most of which are protected under CITES. This is Saiga antelope (Saiga tatarica), a CITES Appendix II species since 1995. See mor...

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Latest Posts from the SCA Newsroom

Support Saiga Rangers this ‘Giving Tuesday’

  Photo: Volker Homes Photo: Pavel Sorokin Photo: Pavel Sorokin Photo: WWF Mongolia Today is ‘GIVING TUESDAY’ and we are lauching a short appeal to help the brave rangers who will be protecting saigas in the coming freezing conditions. Photo: E....

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See the SCA’s WCN Expo presentation here

This October Olya made an interesting presentation at Expo, tracing the reasons for the most recent mass moralities amongst saigas, and giving us hope for the future of this beautiful species… Watch it from 34 minutes here....

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28-29 августа 2017 года Институт проблем экологии и эволюции им. А.Н. Северцова Российской академии наук, Зоопарк Сан-Диего и Альянс по сохранению сайгака провели двухдневный семинар для обмена опытом и разработки стратегического плана относительно роли...

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