The saiga antelope is in danger of going extinct in our lifetimes. In 2015 the population faced a devastating blow when 80% of their population died suddenly of an unknown illness. Despite this decimating blow, the saiga somehow survived, but recent funding cuts mean this critically endangered species is running out of time. They simply cannot afford another hit. If we lost this animal, we would lose something so unique to our planet that nothing compares to it, physically, genetically or aesthetically. However, you can help prevent this from happening…
Since the early 1990s over 95% of the saiga population has disappeared.Saiga Conservation Alliance
This goofy looking animal, which looks more like a cartoon character than a majestic galloping antelope, is one of the hardiest animals in the world. Putting aside its aesthetically unique characteristics, the saiga has survived world disasters, mass die-offs and even ice ages. Unfortunately, since the 1990s 95% of their population has disappeared due to human activities such as hunting, land development, pests and diseases.
Here at WAWA Conservation, we value the weird and wonderful, which is why we are supporting the saiga field monitoring program ran by The Saiga Conservation Alliance (SCA). It uses a combination of scientific research and community engagement to survey saiga environment, health, breeding and threats to ensure its future.
With your support;
|£80||could buy enough gasoline for rangers to run motorbike patrols for a season|
|£200||could buy a pair of high-powered binoculars so rangers can spot saigas from a distance|
|£250||could buy an infra-red camera, essential to help locate poachers who operate at night|
|£800||could equip rangers with protective clothing to keep them safe during their dangerous patrols|
The SCA works throughout the saiga’s range in Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Russia and Uzbekistan to ensure a future for these wondrous animals. Their hard work and dedication has meant that the saiga population in Kazakhstan has slowly started to increase again. Unfortunately, most of these programs have had their vital funding cut, so they need your help.
Will you help WAWA ensure that these ancient species still have a future?