Searching for Saiga



Saiga are ruminant herbivores, which are active only during the daytime. The Saiga tatarica population is made up of nomads. They feed on a large variety of plants, mostly of the shrub-like variety because the Saiga resides in arid flat lands. These organisms can run very quickly, which is important when they are fleeing from their greatest predator; a variety of species of wolves (Medley et al., 2006). Wolves will attack adult Saiga if they can and they will take advantage of any opportunity to prey on a newborn Saiga.  In some cases, smaller predators such as foxes or wild dogs will feed on newborn Saiga
There is a known problem with the Saiga population and parasites.  In places like Kazakhstan the Saiga are responsible for passing helminthes and nematodes from their intestines to domestic livestock (Medley et al., 2006). The people of those areas in Kazakhstan then in turn, eat the meat of the livestock and then become infected. 

Image used from:

To learn more about this organism please visit our facts page, or return to our home page.