01 May '11, 6pm

New eco-tour to help save bizarre antelope in 'forgotten' region

New eco-tour to help save bizarre antelope in 'forgotten' region

After declining 95% in 15 years, Saiga antelope begins to rebound with help from conservationists (09/20/2009) 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 then new legislation and conservation measure have helped the species stabilize in some areas but in others the decline continues. Working for six years with the Saiga Conservation Alliance, Founding Member and Executive Secretary Elena Bykova has helped bring the species back from the very brink of extinction. Population of bizarre Mongolian antelope plunges 95% in 15 years (10/19/2006) A group of scientists led by the New York-based Wildlife conservation Society (WCS) working in Mongolia's windswept G...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0501-hance_saiga_tourism.html

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