An overview of the saiga antelope (Saiga tatarica) in captivity in Europe and the United States


This review is intended to collect, compare and analyse available knowledge on the management of the saiga antelope in captivity in Europe and the US for the purposes of saiga conservation. While preserving wild populations in their native habitat should always remain the highest priority, the species is once again critically endangered in the wild and we should make sure that captive breeding can be used effectively for regenerating saiga populations, if and when it becomes necessary. The conclusions and recommendations made in this document are intended as a starting point for more critical thinking and joint efforts, and not least for a much needed dialogue between stakeholders in saiga conservation. It is hoped that further knowledge and experience can be incorporated into this document along the way, and that we will arrive at husbandry practices that produce reliable results.

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