What Has Killed Nearly A Quarter Million Saiga Antelopes Since May 2015 in Central Kazakhstan?

“Our monitoring showed that the morbidity to be 100%. Now that in a biological system is almost unique. This is certainly unusual. It doesn't make a lot of biological sense.”

- Richard Kock, VMD., Royal Veterinary College, London

 

A burial pit for some of the 120,000 Saiga antelope adults and calves that rapidly died in May 2015, in central Kazakhstan. Image © 2015 by Sergei Khomenko/ U.N. FAO.
A burial pit for some of the 120,000 Saiga antelope adults and calves that rapidly died in May 2015, in central Kazakhstan. Image © 2015 by Sergei Khomenko/ U.N. FAO.
Remaining Saiga antelope distribution of some 50,000 on Earth are in Kalmykia,  Russia (far left); Ural, Ustiurt and Betpak-dala, Kazakhstan (three middle purple regions);  and Shargyn Gobi and Mankhan, Mongolia (far right).
Remaining Saiga antelope distribution of some 50,000 on Earth are in Kalmykia, Russia (far left); Ural, Ustiurt and Betpak-dala, Kazakhstan (three middle purple regions); and Shargyn Gobi and Mankhan, Mongolia (far right).

September 25, 2015 London, England - On Wednesday, September 23rd, Pope Francis spoke at the White House about his concerns for our warming planet. He said, “Accepting the urgency, it seems clear to me that climate change is a problem which can no longer be left to a future generation.”

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