Changes in Grouping Patterns of Saiga Antelope in Relation to Intrinsic and Environmental Factors in Mongolia

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We studied seasonal changes in the group size and social structure of saigas in relation to environmental and anthropogenic factors in western Mongolia during 2009–2012.

Changes in Grouping Patterns

Factors that affect group sizes in large ungulates are generally poorly understood for species from remote regions. Understanding grouping patterns is important for effective species management, but is lacking for the endangered Mongolian saiga (Saiga tatarica mongolica).