What Killed 200,000 Endangered Antelopes

Posted by Kyle Brookings on Thursday, January 25, 2018

Researchers say that extreme temperatures were to blame for the death of more than 200,000 endangered antelopes in Kazakhstan in May 2015.

Known as saiga antelope, the animals are critically endangered. They originally inhabited a vast area of the Eurasian steppe zone from the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains and Caucasus into Dzungaria and Mongolia.

The animals died from hot temperatures and high humidity. It happened over the span of three weeks.

The animals has a bacteria known as Pasteurella multocida Type B. The bacteria is in the respiratory tract. The bacteria got worse in the hot weather.



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