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Konstantin Savitsky is 48 years old, he used to poach the critically endangered saiga antelope, but now works with the Saiga Conservation Alliance to help protect them. We spoke to Konstantin to understand why he became a poacher and what happened to change his mind and help him decide to work with us.
The next few months will be a busy time for SCA members in the field, as thanks to our donors as we have a multitude of activities lined up. We are very excited about welcoming Rory McCann; conservationist and artist, to rural Uzbekistan where he will be involving local children in painting a mural in the centre of their town. The mural has been conceived by the children and centres around the theme ‘Our wildlife, our home’.
When a barbed wire border fence was erected between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan and a new railway began to be laid it looked like the end of the line for the saiga’s essential migrations. Two years down the line what has the SCA’s research yielded, and has our work to support government to make changes paid off?
The SCA is branching out into the pop music world with the release of a song and video about saiga.
Сайғоқни сақлаш бўйича альянс Қозоғистон, Хитой, Мўғулистон, Россия ва Ўзбекистонда яшовчи атроф муҳит муҳофазаси ишидаги ёш йўлбошчилар учун янги мукофот ҳақида эълон қилишдан мамнун.
Сайғоқни сақлаш бўйича альянс ёш экологлар авлоди вакилларини қўллаб-қувватлаш ўта муҳимлигини тан олади. Ушбу мукофот доирасида ёш йўлбошчилар учун Альянс бешта нафсониятли атроф муҳит ҳимоячисини 1000 АҚШ доллари миқдоридаги грантлар ҳисобига қўллаб-қувватлаши мумкин.
Ақбөкендерді сақтау Альянсы Қазақстанда, Қытайда, Монғолияда, Ресейде, Өзбекстанда тұратын жас көшбасшыларға арналған қоршаған ортаны қорғау жұмыстары бойынша жаңа сыйлық ақы туралы қуана хабарлайды
The Saiga Conservation Alliance (SCA) буюу Бөхөн Хамгаалах Холбоо нь Хятад, Казакстан, Монгол, ОХУ, Узбекистан зэрэг бөхөн тархсан орнуудын 18-30 насны залуу судлаачдад зориулсан "Байгаль Хамгааллын Залуу Манлайлагч" тэтгэлэгт хөтөлбөрийг хэрэгжүүлж эхлэхээр болсныг дуулгахад таатай байна.
С 2008 года сотрудники Центра диких животных Республики Калмыкия, Россия, сотрудничают с местными фермерами, чтобы следить за изменениями, происходящими с численностью сайгака. Этот проект направлен не только на предоставление ценной информацию об изменениях, происходящих с популяцией сайгака, обитающей в Северо-Западном Прикаспии, но также направлен на содействие выработки положительного отношения к сайгакам и на снижение уровня браконьерства путем привлечения местных фермеров к мероприятиям по сохранению сайгака, а также предоставления им альтернативных источников дохода.
Since 2008 the Centre for Wild Animals in Kalmykia, Russia, has worked with local farmers to monitor changes in the numbers of saiga. This project not only aims to provide valuable information on changes to the Pre-Caspian saiga population, but also by engaging local farmers in saiga conservation and providing them with an alternative income source, aims to promote positive attitudes towards saiga and reduce levels of poaching.
Сайхан мэдээ! "Бөхөнгийн мэдээ" сэтгүүлийн шинэ дугаар бэлэн боллоо
Объявление о возможности получения
Премии Альянс по сохранению сайгака 2014 года имени Joy Covey за выдающиеся достижения в охране сайгака
Альянс по сохранению сайгака объявляет конкурс на получение премии за работу по сохранению сайгака. Эта премия посвящена памяти Joy Covey - донора и другу Альянса.
The Saiga Conservation Alliance is seeking nominations for an award for saiga protection, in memory of SCA donor and friend Joy Covey.
The Saiga Conservation Alliance is pleased to announce a new award for Young Conservation Leaders based in China, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Russia and Uzbekistan.
The SCA recognises that it is imperative to support the next generation of conservationists, and so with our Young Conservation Leaders award we will be able to support five aspiring conservationists with grants of $1000 each.
Альянс по сохранению сайгака рад сообщить о новой премии для молодых лидеров в деле охраны окружающей среды, проживающих в Казахстане, Китае, Монголии, России и Узбекистане.
Альянс по сохранению сайгака признает особую важность поддержки представителей молодого поколения экологов. В рамках данной премии для молодых лидеров Альянс сможет поддержать пять амбициозных защитников окружающей среды за счет грантов, в размере 1000 долларов США.
Now you can own your very own Saiga....
The SCA is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Small Grants Programme, generously supported by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
The SCA has been awarded the 'Best Environmental Programme' of 2013 in Uzbekistan for its popular Saiga Day initiative.
In early October the SCA’s very own Elena Bykova took to the stage alongside renowned conservationists such as primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall from the Jane Goodall Institute and Dr. Iain Douglas-Hamilton from Save the Elephants, to tell a packed auditorium about the plight of the saiga.
In November the SCA held the first ‘Day of Migratory Species’ celebrations in Uzbekistan. A joint effort between the SCA and the new Steppe Wildlife Clubs. With games such as ‘What? Where? When?’ the children learnt about species such as Saigas Mountain Gorillas, African Elephants, Sharks, Whales, Green turtles and more, in a fun way, with many surprised to learn that butterflies and bats could migrate across national borders.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to experience vast herds of saiga coming together to calve? Well from next Spring you could visit the stunning Kazakh steppe to see this phenomenon up close, to take photos of the critically endangered new-born calves, or perhaps to even take part in the collection of scientific data with our experts.
Mongolia has recognised the tireless dedication and conservation work of Dr. Jungius’ and has awarded him the medal of “Friendship” for his contribution to the protection of the environment and wildlife of Mongolia. We would like to add our thanks to Dr. Jungius for all his work to raise awareness of the plight of saigas and to battle for their protection in the region.
In November the Saiga breeding center ‘Yashkulskiy’, in the Republic of Kalmykia, Russia, hosted the winners of a nationwide competition for children. The competition, which was entitled ‘Steppe antelope’, received more than 200 entries in four different categories: Drawing, handicrafts, poem and the ‘sorry’ category.
The Autumn 2013 issue of Saiga News (Issue 17) is now available to download in English and Russian.
The Fall/Autumn 2013 issue of Saiga Spotlight, our annual newsletter made especially for SCA supporters and saiga fans, is now available to download.
We are very pleased to announce the launch of the Saiga Resource Centre (SRC) website. The SRC will help to track progress towards fulfilment of the CMS MoU on saiga conservation and acts as a portal for those interested in saiga conservation.
We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 round of the SCA’s small grants competition.
The government of Kazakhstan have officially signed the designation document for a new nature reserve within the range of the Betpak-dala saiga population.
Check out this video from Disney's Club Penguin. They've very kindly been supporting our projects with local school children in Uzbekistan for a number of years and we owe them a huge debt of gratitude. Programmes such as Earth Day are enormously beneficial to our work and we are extremely grateful to Disney and all the kids at Club Penguin.
The Fall 2012 issue of Saiga Spotlight, our annual newsletter made especially for SCA supporters and saiga fans, is now available to download.
The deadline for applications for the SCA 2012 Small Grants Programme has been extended to 15th October 2012.
The Summer 2012 issue of Saiga News (Issue 15) is now available to download in English and Russian.
We are happy to announce that the 2012 Small Grants Programme is now open for applications.
SCA founding member and Executive Secretary Elena Bykova has very kindly been included in a new book profiling the efforts of some of the world's leading conservationists for her work with saigas in Uzbekistan.
The Winter 2011/12 issue of Saiga News (Issue 14) is now available to download in English and Russian.
The SCA and the Association for the Conservation of Biodiversity in Kazakhstan are working together to develop a comprehensive online database of all projects which address the conservation and sustainable use of the saiga antelope.
We are pleased to announce the winners of the USFWS-funded Small Grants programme 2011
We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2011 round of the SCA’s small grants competition.
The Summer 2011 issue of Saiga News (Issue 13) is now available to download in English and Russian.
We are happy to announce that the 2011 Small Grants Programme is now open for applications.
The SCA's Executive Secretary Elena Bykova received a prestigious Whitley Award, sponsored by the Scottish Friends of the WFN, for her work engaging local communities in saiga conservation. This short, David Attenborough-narrated video draws attention to this work, and features footage of the beautiful and enigmatic, yet Critically Endangered, saiga antelope in action.
Mongabay.com (one of the world's most popular environmental science and conservation news sites) have published an article reviewing our new saiga ecotour.
We are happy to announce the launch of the first international saiga ecotour to southern Russia.
Great news! The SCA's Executive Secretary Elena Bykova has been short-listed for a Whitley Award - a high-profile, international conservation prize.
The Winter 2010/11 issue of Saiga News (Issue 12) is now available to download in English and Russian.
Representatives of wildlife management authorities in Kazakhstan and experts came together 17-18 February in central Kazakhstan to discuss the implementation of the CMS Memoranda of Understanding on the Saiga Antelope (Saiga spp.) and the Bukhara Deer (Cervus elaphus bactrianus).
EurasiaNet report on warning from the Kazakh Ministry of Agriculture of substantial and continuing poaching in the region
The summer 2010 issue of Saiga News (Issue 11) is now available to download in Chinese, English, Kazakh, Russian and Uzbek.
Author guidelines for Saiga News: the biennial newsletter of the Saiga Conservation Alliance. We provide information about recent developments in saiga conservation and ecology to a broad readership with an interest in saiga conservation.
Nearly 12,000 Critically Endangered saiga antelopes have been found dead over the last week in the Ural population in western Kazakhstan.
We are happy to announce that the 2010 Small Grants Programme is now open for applications.
As of 10 May 2010 the Saiga Conservation Alliance is a registered charity; registered with and regulated by the Charity Commission for England and Wales (registered charity no.1135851).
The International Fund for Animal Welfare report expert findings of a critical decline in the Kalmykian saiga population. Saiga numbers reportedly dropped from 14-15 thousand individuals to 8-9 thousand in the North-West Caspian region in the past year.
The SCA is launching an emergency appeal to help save the saiga population in pre-Caspian Russia, which is now under severe threat of extinction after a particularly harsh winter and renewed heavy poaching. Your help is needed urgently to strengthen anti-poaching capacity and raise local awareness.
Western non-governmental organizations and their Central Asian partners have joined efforts to save the unique flora and fauna of the Ustyurt Plateau.
Dear friends, the 10th issue of Saiga News (Winter 2009/10) is now available to download in English and Russian, packed full of updates on research, conservation and reporting on Saiga antelope across the entire range. Download your copy now.
First article on saiga antelope published in Italian by Corriere della Sera, Italy's most widely read daily newspaper.
In collaboration with the Rostov-based tour company Saga Tours, and with the Saiga Conservation Alliance, the UK-based company Eastern Approaches is offering a new cultural tour of the saiga range area in southern Russia, to run in August 2010.
The Kazakh version of Saiga News 9 is now available. Please follow the link for download.
International Council for Game and Conservation (CIC) reports on Saiga antelope at the International Union of Game Biologists Meeting 2009, Moscow, in their latest Newsletter.
"I remember the time when the saiga was hunted and traded, and we all believed that it was one of most numerous game species in Eurasia,"
The Mongolian version of the Saiga New 8 can be downloaded here.
Dear SCA supporters. We take pleasure to lauch the much awaited 9th issue of saiga news, Full of recent updates on research, conservation and reporting on Saiga antelope across the entire range. Download your copy now.
Progress towards the fulfillment of the Convention on Migratory Species medium term international work programme for the Saiga antelope (for the period of October 2006- Oct 2008)
Our Chinese version of the saiga news issue 8 is now available online.
The call for Small Grants Programme 2009 has been announced. For more information, click on the headline.
Mobile Anti Poaching Unit and police officer detained two Mongolian citizens that they killed 6 Mongolian Saiga.
Alexander Esipov (Sasha), an active SCA steering committee member from Uzbekistan has won the prestigious Freeman Award for his commitment and contributions to conserving snow leopards in the wild. He has carried out nearly 3 decades of field work primarily in the study of mammals of Uzbekistan and other Central Asian states. Sasha is also on the steering committee of the Snow leopard Network. We congratulate Sasha on behalf of the whole Saiga and Conservation community.
The saiga is one of the most rapidly declining mammals in the world.
The saiga antelope is one of the world's strangest-looking mammals. Its bulbous, tubular nose filters out dust and warms cold air before it reaches the animal's windpipe. On Radio Free Europe - Radio Liberty - By Antoine Blua
The role of saiga poaching in rural communities: Linkages between attitudes,
socio-economic circumstances and behaviour.
Winter surveys of Saiga in Mongolia.
Our Uzbek and Kazakh version of the saiga news issue 8 are now available online.
Mongolian scientist Bayarbaatar Buuveibaatar wins a Sidney Byers Scholarship
Saiga antelope the most threatened species in Asia, according to a new report by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
Starting in the January 2009 issue of Saiga News, each issue we will profile one of our existing institutional members. This month it is the turn of CIC Wildlife - The International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation.
German magazine PIRSCH features a full-length article on saiga
The SCA's biannual publication, Saiga News, has won a national award for the Best Environmental Publication in Uzbekistan.
Leading English language news channel Russia Today report on the captive saiga breeding centre in Southern Russia.
The SCA have teamed up with our institutional member Spitalfields City Farm to offer saiga adoptions this Christmas! The money raised will go towards the Centre for Wild Animals in Kalmykia, one of the few successful saiga breeding centres in the world.
Adoptions will support the Stepnoi Sanctuary in Russia
The SCA's 2nd Annual General Meeting was held on 31st October at the Institute of Zoology in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
малых грантов SCA 2008 г - Поздравляем всех победителей конкурса!
In June, SCA founder member Dr. Aline Kuhl was delighted to be invited by the ICCS to speak to members of the US Congress about saiga conservation. We're pleased to announce that her talk is now available to view on YouTube! Thanks to our institutional member CIC Wildlife for introducing us to the ICCS.
An article in the Independent newspaper published on 31 January has higlighted saiga antelopes as one of the world's rare-but-ugly species that need greater attention from conservationists, the public and media alike.
"BAG Eurasia of NABU" (the working group of the German Society for Nature Conservation (NABU) dealing with conservation projects in Europe and Asia), has just become the latest institutional member of the SCA. Additionally, BAG Eurasia has just announced that they will support the translation and adaptation of the SCA's environmental education materials for schoolchildren with a grant of €1,600.
With the support of the Wildlife Conservation Network, the Saiga Conservation Alliance has initiated a small grants competition. The first round was held in September 2007, and four projects were chosen for support by the Steering Committee
The latest edition of Saiga News is now available to download in English and Russian language versions.
On 23rd November 2007, a meeting took place in Nukus, Karakalpakstan, Uzbekistan, entitled “Saiga conservation: methods for effective conservation of the Ustyurt saiga population in Uzbekistan”.
If you're a budding script writer, there's a saiga script competition just for you...
The Wildlife Conservation Network's Expo from the 3-7 October 2007 in San Francisco was a true success!
The first official meeting of the Saiga Conservation Alliance on 12th/13th September 2007 in Tashkent was a true, inspiring success.
Young saiga scientist receives prestigious scholarship
SCA given Candidate Partner Status by the Wildlife Conservation Network.