The Environmental Crime Crisis
Saiga antelope populations
Saiga antelope population
Overall direction of migrations (North in summer, South in winter)
Terrestrial protected areas
Source: ACBK, 2011; WWF Mongolia, Web-based GIS database on biological diversity of Mongolia; UNEP-WCMC, Protected Planet web database; Russian Committee for the UNESCO MAB Programme.
Figure 4: Saigas have been hunted since prehistoric times and today poaching remains the primary threat to this critically endan- gered species. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Saiga populations crashed by more than 95% within a decade. While a number of Saiga populations are starting to stabilize, three continue to be in a precarious state (North-West Pre-Caspian, Ural and Ustiurt populations).
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