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Visit our 'Kuralai' website to find out about our Alternative livelihood project in Uzbekistan, where local women are creating beautiful traditionally embroidered bags to help save saigas.

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A sudden, mysterious outbreak of disease currently threatens the saiga’s existence.
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More than 120,000 saigas have been confirmed dead in central Kazakhstan; more than a third of the global population.

This is a major blow for conservation efforts given that saigas have in the past ten years only just started to recover from a global population size of less than 50,000 animals following a 95% crash in numbers.

Please help us raise funds to carry out urgent actions to save saigas

Saigas are one of the most threatened species on the planet. Their numbers declined by 95% in just 15 years.

The Saiga Conservation Alliance (SCA) is committed to saving the critically endangered saiga antelope from imminent extinction. We are a long-standing network of scientists and conservationists who work across saiga range states on grassroots projects informed by sound science. At the SCA we believe in bringing stakeholders together to emphasize human needs and to act as a catalyst for sustainable conservation solutions.
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Countries Agree on Actions to Help Save Saiga Antelopes

At a UN backed meeting organized by the UNEP-Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) from 26 to 29 October 2015 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, governments and conservationists agreed on a concrete set of measures to restore saiga populations in Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Russia,Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. More than 70 participants attended the Third Meeting of Signatories to the CMS Memorandum of Understanding concerning Conservation, Restoration and Sustainable Use of the Saiga Antelopes (Saiga MOU), which was hosted by the Government of Uzbekistan.



New Saiga video clip

The CMS has supported a new short video about the challenges faced by saigas in 2015. It's a must see.



Update on the saiga antelope tragedy in Kazakhstan

Between 9th May and 3rd June this year, large herds of saigas at calving sites in the central population in Kazakhstan died suddenly.. 148,800* carcasses were counted at burial sites by the Government rangers but the true figure is likely to be many more. Our latest expedition to the migration area and die-off sites** reported many carcasses remained unburied and so the figure might be closer to 200,000. However, scientists did observe live animals, mostly males and surviving young saiga. Fortunately neither of the two other populations in Kazakhstan, nor those in Mongolia and Russia, were affected.



Saiga Conservation Alliance’s first ‘Saiga Youth Wildlife Camp’

From 17-24th August 25 Uzbek children between the ages of 11-15 joined the SCA’s first ‘Saiga Youth Wildlife Camp’. 18 children from Karakalpakia, the region where saigas can still be found in Uzbekistan and 7 children from Tashkent who acted as ‘local guides’, as well as teachers, SCA members and local eco-camp volunteers and environmental educators, all came together and headed off to the Chimgan mountain range, 100km outside of Uzbekistan’s capital, Tashkent, for a week of camping and exciting outdoor eco-activities.


More news, and back issues of our biannual newsletter Saiga News, is available on our News page.