Target: President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev
Goal: Find cause behind the mysterious death of over 120,000 critically endangered saiga antelopes.
A mysterious death of tens of thousands of the endangered saiga antelopes has caused great concern for conservationists. More than 120,000 saiga antelopes, which is a third of their world population, have been suddenly wiped out in Kazakhstan. The death are occurring at an alarming rate, and the species is closer to extinction than ever.
The deaths of the antelopes are mystifying scientists all over the world. Whatever is killing them has a 100 percent mortality rate, and is killing off entire herds at a time. The animals die after respiratory problems and extreme diarrhea. Scientists believe they have identified one pathogen that may be killing them off, but that there is another unknown pathogen that first weakens their immune systems.
The saiga antelope has existed since the Ice Age. About 90 of their species lives in Kazakhstan. The country suffered from a drop in the saiga population about a decade ago, largely due to poaching. However, the country began to better manage the antelope population, in efforts to conserve the species.
If the deaths of saiga antelopes in Kazakhstan are not immediately stopped, the antelopes risk becoming extinct. Scientists all over the world are deeming this a dire situation, and the near-extinction of the saiga antelope as a world tragedy. The government of Kazakhstan needs to eliminate poaching of the animals altogether and strictly enforce it, as well as continue to seek a cause and cure of the disease to preserve the species.
Dear President Nazarbayev,
Kazakhstan holds about 90 percent of the world’s population of saiga antelopes. The ancient animal has been traced back to the Ice Age, and has had a history of near extinction. Currently, about 120,000 of them have died in Kazakhstan due to a mysterious illness.
The government of Kazakhstan needs to enforce a strict no-poaching policy on the animal, as well as encourage scientists and researchers to discover what the cause of the illness is and how to cure it. With those efforts, the saiga antelopes may be able to recover and continue to live and prosper in Kazakhstan.
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Photo Credit: Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Agriculture