Distribution and population dynamics of saiga antelope in Mongolia
Wildlife Biologist, Mongolia Program, Wildlife Conservation Society
Wildlife Conservation Society
National Geographic Society
The Mongolian saiga (Saiga tatarica mongolica) is one of the last great migratory species of Central Asia, but their population size and range have declined dramatically during the past half-century. Declines have been attributed mainly to illegal hunting for the horns of males, which are used in Chinese traditional medicines, as well as other factors including harsh climate, habitat loss, disease, and competition with livestock for resources. Understanding the effects of environmental and anthropogenic factors on distribution and population dynamics of Mongolian saiga is critical to conservation planning of the species. My overarching goal of this project is to implement a scientific study to address uncertainties with regards to factors that regulate recruitment and space use pattern of saiga antelope in western Mongolia.
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