Thursday, January 14, 2010

Save the Saiga Antelope

Saiga Antelope (Saiga tatarica)
Saiga is classified as critically endangered, there is an estimated total number of 50,000 Saigas today. Males are bigger than females and are the only sex to carry horns. The horns have some value as Chinese traditional medicine and for that reason Saiga are now endangered by poaching. Their enlarged nose that hangs down over the mouth makes for a very distinctive appearance. They are found in only a few areas today, Kalmykia, three areas of Kazakhstan and in two isolated areas of Mongolia. Log on to to learn more about how you can play role in preventing one of the most sudden and dramatic population crashes of a large mammal ever seen!

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