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Mongolia|environment|February 4, 2020 / 10:29 AM
Mongolia's Saiga antelope population increases to more than 5,000 in Jan. 2020

AKIPRESS.COM - The number of Mongolian Saiga antelope, critically endangered species, rose to more than 5,000 in Mongolia in January 2020, from 3,800 in 2018, Xinhua reported with reference to the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)-Mongolia.

"Less than 3,800 Mongolian Saiga antelopes existed in Mongolia at the end of 2018 due to such reasons as drought-related food shortage, infectious diseases and harsh weather conditions," the WWF-Mongolia said in a statement.

"According to a census conducted in January, the number reached 5,074," the statement added.

The increase is partially due to the fact that the habitats of the Saiga antelopes had a great summer in 2019, said WWF-Mongolia experts.

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