Protect the Floppy-Nosed Antelope from Extinction

Target: Magzum Mirzagaliyev, Minister of of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources, Kazakhstan

Goal: Protect the floppy-nosed antelope as the species slowly makes a comeback in the Kazakh wild.

In 2019, only four floppy-nosed antelopes were born in Kazakhstan, making them one of the rarest animals in the nation. In 2020, over 500 were born, signaling an impressive comeback. However, the nation and its conservation groups should not take this as a sign that all is well and efforts must end. The species still needs protection.

In the 1980s, there were millions of antelopes around the nation. However, they were soon hunted near extinction as their horns became a popular ingredient in medicine. In addition, a bacterial outbreak killed over 200,000 of the remaining species in 2015. In total, over 70 percent of the species has been lost in only 40 years.

Conservation groups and the government have worked together to remove fencing that isolates and divides populations, in addition to patrolling for poachers. However, despite this year’s uptick in population, the species is still on the brink of extinction and nowhere near where its numbers should be. Sign the petition to ask that the government and conservationists don’t give up the fight. This population growth should not only be celebrated but it should also be seen as a reason to keep moving forward.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Minister Mirzagaliyev,

For the first time in over a decade, the population of floppy-nosed antelopes in your nation has seen a rapid population growth. Over 500 new calves were born this year, bringing the population to one of its highest levels since it faced die offs from poaching and disease.

We celebrate this improvement, but we should not take it as a sign that the species is safe and efforts should end. The species is not safe and still must be protected from infrastructure, hunting, and disease. I ask that you continue your nation’s conservation efforts.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Yakov Fedorov

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