Male saiga antelope walking on snow

Saiga

Saigas are weird looking antelopes, equipped with a large, proboscis-like nose that is key to their survival in the seasonal extremes of their range. Large air sacs in the nose extract valuable moisture from exhaled air and also warm up the cold air as it is breathed in.

Scientific name: Saiga tatarica

Rank: Species

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Distribution

Map showing the distribution of the Saiga taxa

Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

The Saiga can be found in a number of locations including: Asia, China, Russia. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.

Habitats

The following habitats are found across the Saiga distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.

Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Conservation Status

Critically Endangered

  1. EX - Extinct
  2. EW
  3. CR - Threatened
  4. EN - Threatened
  5. VU - Threatened
  6. NT
  7. LC - Least concern

Population trend: Decreasing

Year assessed: 2008

Classified by: IUCN 3.1

BBC News about Saiga

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