Collared Calf, Emblem of Hope

Collared Calf, Emblem of Hope Photo
The saiga antelope is precious in more ways than one: these symbols of the Central Asian steppe have survived since the Ice Age, when they roamed far and wide. With their unusually-shaped noses, saiga have a look all their own and distinct roots from other antelopes.

In recent decades, populations have dramatically declined across the vast plains of Mongolia. To better understand their range and behavior—and assess how protected areas impact both—WCS conservationists partnered with the Mongolian Academy of Sciences to capture, collar, and release a number of calves. Now collared for future tracking, this tawny youngster offers hope for a critically endangered species.

© Buuveibaatar Bayarbaatar/WCS

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