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Recent Saiga Population Crash in China Highlights How Conservation of Migratory Species Can Only Succeed with International Collaboration

Version 1 : Received: 24 February 2020 / Approved: 25 February 2020 / Online: 25 February 2020 (11:48:32 CET)
Version 2 : Received: 25 February 2020 / Approved: 26 February 2020 / Online: 26 February 2020 (10:49:20 CET)

How to cite: Jiang, Z.; Mallon, D.; Foggen, M.; Li, C.; Cui, S.; Zeng, Y.; Ping, X. Recent Saiga Population Crash in China Highlights How Conservation of Migratory Species Can Only Succeed with International Collaboration. Preprints 2020, 2020020375 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202002.0375.v1). Jiang, Z.; Mallon, D.; Foggen, M.; Li, C.; Cui, S.; Zeng, Y.; Ping, X. Recent Saiga Population Crash in China Highlights How Conservation of Migratory Species Can Only Succeed with International Collaboration. Preprints 2020, 2020020375 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202002.0375.v1).

Abstract

Saiga (Saiga tatarica) was extirpated in China. Since Mid-1980s, attempts have been made for revival the species in the country, however, only a breeding herd of Saiga was successfully established at Wuwei, Gansu, China. The reintroduced Saiga population experienced a bumpy growth. Then, the population collapsed following the catastrophe die-off in the Saiga ranging countries in Central Asia. After reviewing the population trend and conservation breeding of Saiga in China, we concluded that to establish a migratory species that needs vast range size like Saiga on central Asia steppe, an international collaboration is needed. We recommend China to ratify the CMS in order to facilitate international conservation efforts to restoring the species in its former range.

Subject Areas

Saiga; antelope; conservation breeding; reintroduction; Convention on Migratory Species (CMS)

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