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A Case of Reintroducing Saiga Highlights the Conservation Needs of Migratory Species

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. A Case of Reintroducing Saiga Highlights the Conservation Needs of Migratory Species. Preprints 2020, 2020020375 Jiang, Z.; Mallon, D.; Foggen, M.; Li, C.; Cui, S.; Zeng, Y.; Ping, X. A Case of Reintroducing Saiga Highlights the Conservation Needs of Migratory Species. Preprints 2020, 2020020375

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, then population started to rebound when 6 new lams were born in 2019. 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 for introducing new genes. 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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Received: 26 February 2020
Commenter: Zhigang Jiang
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Comment: New information of population is updated and the title, the abstract and main text have been revised.
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