Saiga Antelope on Their Way OutContributors to this thread:
They can bounce back from low population as seen from the numbers after Second World War they were almost exterminated at that time to feed Stalins cannon fodder. Perhaps maybe more difficult this time, if this thing that is killing them does not run its course before the last one dies . Interesting animal that in the old days there numbers were huge and incalculable due to the remote vastness of the area and poor transportation methods. back then were as far north as Lake Bakail and the tiaga forest
The only good thing (if there even is one here) is the animals that survive are usually the ones with a resistance to the pathogen. It seems incredibly lethal tho. Reminds me of descriptions of the buffalo die-off, of which there is decent evidence was NOT market etc hunters but brucellosis or some other (likely introduced pathogen). Bodies just littering the landscape.
what a interesting looking animal i hope they make it as a species.
In June 2014, Chinese customs at the Kazakh border uncovered 66 cases containing 2,351 saiga antelope horns, estimated to be worth over Y70.5 million (US$11 million). At that price, each horn would cost over US$4,600.