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Please Help Saiga

Please help save saiga. The mass die-offs have been so severe that nobody has any idea how many are left, but we know they are at critical risk of extinction.

Since 200,000 suddenly died, poachers have been picking off at their battered population at a rate far greater than they can withstand. They are plummeting towards extinction.

But there is still time.

If we can act now and stop the illegal wildlife trade in saiga, then their numbers can still stabilise.

That’s why we’re asking for donation today that could help keep them safe. By donating you could help keep rangers out in the field – protecting saiga from predatory poachers. And with your support we can use specially trained sniffer dogs to find and stop the traffickers smuggling saiga horn out of the country. This will help end the saiga decline.

So please, make a donation today and help save saiga.

How FFI is saving the saiga

Despite its ability to endure the extremes of nature, the saiga cannot withstand the increasing threat from human activities, including hunting for its horns (used in Chinese medicine) and meat, and habitat destruction. To make matters worse, the saiga has suffered from a number of mass die-off events, which has seen the loss of hundreds of thousands of antelopes during the past few years, with catastrophic consequences for a species already pushed to the brink by human pressures.

There has been a 95% decline in the number of this unusual and fascinating animal – one of the fastest recorded declines for a mammal.

Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is working with the Association for the Conservation of Biodiversity of Kazakhstan (ACBK) and the Kazakhstan government to help secure the future of this critically endangered antelope.

Together we are conserving the Ustyurt saiga population, the smallest and most at-risk from poachers, who target males for their horns for use in traditional Asian medicines.

We are monitoring the distribution and movement of saiga, establishing and training new teams of rangers and sniffer dogs to detect and discourage illegal trade in saiga horn, and raising awareness of the antelope’s importance within communities.

Who are FFI?

Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is the world’s oldest conservation charity. Over the last 100 years, we have literally saved species from extinction and even – with the help of our vice-president, Sir David Attenborough – helped bring mountain gorillas back from the brink. We work to protect plants and animals around the globe, and spend 94% of our income on charitable activities.

Thank you.

If you value the natural world – if you think it should be protected for its own sake as well as humanity’s – then please support Fauna & Flora International.
Sir David Attenborough OM FRS Vice-president and FFI member since 1959

What your support can achieve:

Your gift of £2000
could help train a warden, who would deter poachers from entering the area, and keep geckos safe.
Your gift of £1590
could help rent an all-terrain vehicle for a week, so our teams can reach remote parts of Chatham Bay.
Your gift of £795
could help pay for a camera so we can catch poachers red handed.