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    Sudden death of 200,000 antelopes in Central Asia

    In May 2015 the sudden death of more than 200,000 saiga antelopes in Kazakhstan baffled the world.

    In just three weeks, entire herds of tens of thousands of healthy animals died of haemorrhagic septicaemia. The deaths took place in the Betpak-Dala region of Kazakhstan, across a landscape equivalent to the area of the British Isles, and the number dead represented more than 60% of the species’ global population.