Saiga – critically endangered antelope

The saiga antelope is a critically endangered antelope that originally inhabited a vast area of the Eurasian steppe zone from the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains and Caucasus into Dzungaria and Mongolia.


Physical Description

Length/Size: The length of the males from the head to the body is 123 – 146 cm, and the females are 108 – 125 cm.

Height: At the shoulder, the males stand about 69 – 79 cm, whereas the females are 57 – 73 cm.

Weight: The males are anything between 32 and 51 kg, and the females are between 21 and 41.

Nose: These creatures are popular for their elongated nose or proboscis that is hanging atop their lips that have given them a face somewhat resembling an armadillo’s.

Body: Their body is robust and stoutly built.

Feet/Legs: Long thin legs, very much similar in appearance to the sheep.

Fur/Hair/Coat: Whole body is covered with cinnamon to sand-colored coat, which turns almost completely white during the winter season. While the summer coat is only 18-30 mm thick, the winter coat is 40-70 mm in thickness.

Tail: Small tail of about 6-13 cm, quite similar to that of a goat’s.

Horns: Ringed at the bottom. The shape of their colored horns can be small to large, and straight to wavy, depending on the sub-species.





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