Rare Antelope on Brink of Extinction, Scientists SayPublication: National Geographic News Date: April 25, 2003 View Article
Male saiga antelopes face a serious problem that threatens to push them over the brink of extinction: so many females, so little time.
The global population of this antelope, native to the steppes and deserts of Central Asia and the Pre-Caspian region of Europe, has fallen by 80 percent to approximately 50,000. In the mid-1970s, the peak population was more than 1,250,000. Of the saiga antelopes that remain, most are female.