3,000 endangered antelopes dead

May 22nd, 2010 - 7:35 pm ICT by IANS  

Astana, May 22 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Some 3,200 saiga antelopes have died of unknown causes in Kazakhstan, the emergencies ministry said Saturday.
“As of Friday evening it was established that 3,200 saiga antelopes had died in an area of 4,500 hectares,” a ministry statement said.

It said there was no indication of an outbreak of any disease in the area.

The first dead saiga antelopes were discovered May 18.

The saiga antelope, listed as an endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, inhabits in southern Russia, Kazakhstan and parts of Mongolia.

–IANS/RIA Novosti

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