The striking Saiga antelope originally inhabited large stretches of the steppes in central Asia, and has evolved to survive the area's extreme temperatures. British wildlife vet Richard Kock is drawn to the animals.
"Unusually" warm weather contributed to the sudden death of 200,000 saiga antelopes in 2015 — an event that had baffled scientists — according to a new study. It could happen again, putting the species at risk.
Perfectly adapted to the Kazakh steppe's freezing and scorching weather, the saiga antelope is unique, says this vet.
A year after a mysterious event wiped out more than half of the world's saiga antelope population, scientists and vets are still trying to figure out what killed them. It's a race against time.
On the Kazakh steppes roams an strange creature - the saiga antelope. Poached for its horns, the animal is endangered. Now it's facing a new threat in the form of a mysterious die-off that is baffling scientists.
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