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Saiga Antelope

Saiga tatarica

saiga

 

Average Size: .6-.8 m and weighs about 36-63kg

Average Lifespan: 6-10 years

Range/ Distribution Map

Habitat description: desert-like flat lands. Lives in Russia, three areas of Kazakhstan (ural, ustiurt, and betpak-dala)

Behavior/Diet: Herbivore. Saiga form larger herds in semi desert areas. They avoid areas that steep or rugged.

Conservation Status: Critically endangered by poaching, their horns are used for Chinese traditional medicine.

Fun Fact:

Its large nose is thought to help with body temperature control, like jackrabbit ears.