Population Estimates of Endangered Mongolian Saiga - Implications for Effective Monitoring and Population Recovery

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For threatened species population estimates are crucial for developing conservation strategies and assessing their effectiveness, but obtaining estimates of species such as Saiga tatarica monologic that occur in low numbers and inhabit large geographical areas is logistically difficult.

Population of Endangered Saiga

We report findings from the first survey for Mongolian saiga to utilize statistically rigorous methodology, using line transect distance sampling in 2006 and 2007 to obtain population estimates in and around the Sharga Nature Reserve, the southern part of the species current range.