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WorldViews: Kazakhstans ecological mystery: Why have over 100,000 saiga antelopes died in just a few weeks?
As a species, saiga antelopes have endured a lot. Theyonce roamed the Earth with Wooly Mammoths during the last Ice Age and butwerealmost driven to extinction by a loss of habitat and hunting during the late-20th century. Now the distinctive animals, easily distinguished bytheir large noses and prized for their meat and horns, areconsidered an endangered species and protected by the government of Kazakhstan.