Update: Saiga deaths remain unresolved.

 

To put matters into perspective, about one-third of the world’s population of saiga antelopes has died off  the preceding month. The deaths were so sudden nobody seem to know what’s happening right now.

A spokesman from Kazakhstan’s’ ministry of Agriculture, reported that  were approximately 250,000 saiga antelopes the month before. With that many, the conservation was considered the  ongoing protection program a rousing success but that was before , 120,000 or a third of that population, died.

According to Biologist EJ Milner-Gulland, the culprit is likely a quickly spreading and fatal disease. Word from the U.N. says that Pasteurella and Clostridia, two forms of bacteria, are likely causes to the mass deaths. However, these bacteria are only opportunistic, meaning that they only attack animals with are already weak and defenseless.

Another theory,according to Kazakh environmentalists points the blame on Russians. According to them, the deaths were caused by rocket fuel contaminating the habitat and feeding grounds of the antelopes

Saigas are known for their unique look, having distinctively long noses. During mating season, male saigas use their capacious nostrils to send out a sort of roar from their nose to attract mates.

Image: http://www.fauna-flora.org/

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/28/antelope-die-off_n_7463206.html?utm_hp_ref=green&ir=Green

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