Saiga tatarica – there is some debate about whether the
population in Mongolia is a sub-species or a related species.
The world population of saiga antelopes was estimated at between 250,000 and 300,000 animals. There were clusters of deaths in the thousands in 2010 through 2012, but nothing like this. The current estimate is 120,000 dead. For an animal that used to range from Great Britain across Europe and Russia and Canada to Greenland, and has survived human hunting, the Ice Age and Communism it would be tragic to go extinct now.