Ten Mongolian saigas collared with satellite collars
Purpose of the study is to determine saiga’s seasonal movement and connection between source and sink populations of the saiga populations in Mankhan, Khuisiin Gobi and Shargyn Gobi. Moreover, sample was taken from all 10 individuals for the disease control in the population. Results of the study will be baseline data for further preventive measures. The specialists say that they are able to collect data from the collars within three years and have already received their early data.
Regarding the current population status of the Mongolian saiga, the species population has reduced to 4,961 according to the inventory (March, 2017) because thousands of individuals were infected and died due to goat plague disease outbreak.