Saiga antelopes are making a comeback

The critically endangered species has more than doubled in Kazakhstan since 2019.

The population of saiga, a rare antelope, has risen from 334,000 to 842,000 in their Kazakhstan heartland according to a new aerial survey.

The species had been considered to be on the brink of extinction due to a mass die-off in 2015. But the antelopes’ natural resilience coupled with a series of conservation measures, such as a government crackdown on poaching, have triggered a bounce-back of the population.

Stephanie Ward, Altyn Dala conservation initiative international coordinator at the Frankfurt Zoological Society, told BBC News: “It’s exciting to see their numbers start to recover to levels nearing 1,000,000 individuals, and it speaks volumes about the Government of Kazakhstan’s commitment to their protection”.

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