A NEW HOPE FOR THE WEIRD AND WONDERFUL SAIGA
If you are passionate about animals, you’ll have heard many stories of dramatic declines in species. But the saiga antelope experienced one of the most drastic we’ve seen.
In 2015, 200,000 saiga suddenly died – the vast majority of the global population was lost almost instantly. Scientists have been baffled by what caused it – until now.
New research has shown that a previously harmless bacteria living in the saiga’s tonsils had spiralled out of control, driven by an unusual climate – resulting in the saiga being poisoned by toxins in their blood.
This 95% decline is one of the fastest ever recorded for a mammal. Knowing what triggered it, and how difficult these die-offs are to predict, FFI is redoubling its efforts to increase saiga numbers so that the overall population is large enough to survive future crises.
SCIENTISTS DETERMINE CAUSE OF MASS MORTALITY EVENT
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