December 13, 2012—On the vast plains of Mongolia, a National Geographic explorer is trying to save the saiga, an ancient species of antelope.
When mammoths walked the earth, so did Saigas, but their time might have come.
I'm Lucie McNeil and this is National Geographic On Assignment-your link to thousands of Nat Geo expeditions around the globe.
Today, we're off to Western Mongolia.
Saiga's are a relic of the last ice age, and roamed Central Asia alongside mammoths and sabre tooth tigers. Now, these antelopes are critically endangered—and their numbers keep plummeting.
National Geographic's Buuveibaatar Bayarbaatar is trying to find answers.
His team studies baby Saigas—and in this rare footage, we see them placing a radio collar on a newborn.
Tracking calves like this one will shed light on how many are surviving, and help scientists map their movements around populated areas.
Knowing where the Saiga's migrate can help protect areas for their survival.
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