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    This Wild and Wonderful World of Ours! 🦌

    Introducing..........The Saiga Antelope........very interesting creatures.....but that baby! Soooo cute!

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    Saiga antelope are large migratory herbivores living in the dry steppe grasslands and semi-arid deserts of Central Asia. They were once abundant, roaming alongside mammoths and saber-toothed tigers over vast landscapes spanning from the British Isles to Alaska. Surviving harsh and changing environmental conditions for millions of years, saiga populations are in significant decline due to increased poaching for meat, poaching of males for their horns (used in traditional Asian medicine), and natural threats such as disease and environmental change. They are also of cultural and historical significance for the people of Central Asia as a symbol of the traditional nomadic lifestyle.

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    Saiga antelopes have a head and body length of between 3 and 5.6-feet. Their tail can be between 2.4 and 5.2-inches in length and they can have a shoulder height of 2 to 2.6-feet. Depending on the sex and age, saiga antelopes can weigh between 57 and 152-pounds.

    Today, roughly 124,000 saiga remain in the wild, dropping from over 1,000,000 since the 1990s.

    The Nose, Knows! – That strange looking muzzle is actually very useful! Dust storms can rage during the summer, and the saiga’s elongated snout prevents dirt and sand from getting into their lungs. In the frigid winters, the extended nose allows air to warm up before reaching the lungs.


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    One of the most famous characteristics of these creatures, besides their Alf-like appearance, is their immense migration. Every November thousands of herds migrate south to avoid the harsh winter. During migrations these antelope can travel up to 72 miles in a single day! Though move along at a steady pace, but are capable of running up to 80 mph to escape predators.

    Individual herds are made up of 30 or 40 antelope. Each herd has a male that guards a large harem of females. During migrations, herds can join up along migration routes creating superherds.

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    A single male will battle for control of a harem of female saigas. This male is the only one that will reproduce with the females. The female has a gestation period of 139 – 152 days, and commonly gives birth to twins. By their first week, calves are beginning to graze. The calves will be fully weaned by the time they are four months old.


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    These antelopes live in semideserts, grasslands, open woodlands, and steppes. They avoid travelling through heavily forested areas, preferring to stay out in the open where they can spot predators and run unimpeded. Saigas will also avoid areas that are extremely rocky or steep terrain for the same reason.

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    Historically, these animals were widespread across central Asia, from the British Isles to the Bering Strait. Unfortunately, their populations have become fragmented by area. A few separate populations occur in Kalmykia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, and Russia.

    The saiga’s diet consists mainly of plants. They will even eat plants that are poisonous to other animals. They graze on low growing vegetation, and are known to eat over 100 different plant species. Some commonly eaten foods are saltworts, sage grass, lichens, cypress, and grass.
    πŸ’« Star lover

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    Interesting article. I figured there was a reason for the snout, it makes perfect sense.

    I wouldn't have pictured the front on view, but the eyelashes are to die for. lol
    Katrina
    β€œNothing can dim the light which shines from within.” Maya Angelou

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      #3
      What an interesting looking animal. The nose knows for sure. The last pic is adorable. Thanks Anita. Gina

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        #4
        How interesting! Never heard of them before. Thanks for sharing.

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          #5
          Fascinating! My first thought was, "JarJar Lives!"
          Toni ... If I keep sewing long enough, will they make their own dinner?

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