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The Number Of Kazakhstan's Saiga Antelope Populations Increases

Monday, June 19, 2017 - 19:29

As compared with the 2016 figure, Kazakhstan has seen a 41 percent increase in the total number of its three saiga populations. Acting chairman of the Committee of Wildlife and Forestry under the Ministry of Agriculture Marlene Ainabekov reported this information during the recent press conference in Astana. “This year, the lambing of saiga was successful. In early May 2017, we conducted a survey of saigas. According to its results, their total number was 152,000 heads. In comparison with 2016, their total number has increased by 41 percent,” Ainabekov announced at the press conference.


According to him, on May 19, the last newborn saiga was noticed, and deaths of the female saiga were not observed during the lambing period. In addition, there were no facts of violation of the national environmental legislation.


According to the Acting Chairman of the committee, today the Ural population of the saiga is one of the largest; it totals about 52,000 heads. The lambing was observed in two places: in the territory of Dzhanibek and Kaztalas districts in West Kazakhstan Province.


“Three key areas of saiga mass lambing were identified during the monitoring period. According to preliminary estimates, more than 50,000 adult animals were concentrated in these areas. During the lambing period of the saigas, there was no mass accumulation of females in the Ustyurt population. In other words, the lambing females were scattered across the basins of the Shagai and the Monsai (Aktobe Province),” said the acting head of the committee.


Worth recalling, the Kazakh saiga population decreased by over 50 percent in May 2015, due to the death of more than 132,000 antelopes in Aktyubinsk, Kostanay and Akmola provinces. According to the general conclusion of the working group, the cause of death was the infectious disease of pasteurellosis.

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