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The Saga of the Saigas: Once Endangered Red Book Species Now Threaten Cattle and Farmlands

NUR-SULTAN – President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev addressed the Kazakh Ministry of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources at the July 14 expanded government meeting asking them to consider the problem of saiga regulation carefully, reports the presidential press service.

Being a migratory species, saiga lives in large herds, usually up to 1,000 individuals. Photo credit: Click to see the map in full size

He called the saiga, which is a small antelope with distinctive short trunks, a “sacred animal” for the Kazakh people. The saiga is a small cloven-hoofed animal with a body length of around 110-146 centimeters and a weight of approximately 23-40 kilograms.

The saiga is easily recognizable by its humped nose. The males have horns growing up to 30 centimeters. It is a migratory animal that easily covers long distances and can swim across small bodies of water.

“There is a proposal to eliminate 80,000 saigas, which means to kill…

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