They may look like Martians but the saiga antelopes are special, says veterinarian Richard Kock. Not only are they extremely fast, they are adapted to both the freezing and scorching temperatures of the Kazakh steppe.
"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.
Like the ocean, the steppe seems an endless, vast expanse. In winter it appears desolate but it spring it awakens with life and is full of surprises.
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.
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