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Climate Change Led to Massive Die-Off of 200,000 Endangered Antelope in Two Weeks

During the 2015 breeding season, more than 90 percent of the antelope in one vital region failed to survive, and now scientists know the reason.

The die-off was horrendous, and it was public.

A camera crew from BBC’s Planet Earth IIwere on hand, poised to capture what should have been a very successful calving of the saiga antelope, and research teams from several universities were there to estimate numbers and observe any trends. What they observed instead was the near-annihilation of the species: more than 200,000 dead antelope littered the plains.

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