Hot Weather Killed 62 Percent of the World's Saiga Antelopes in 3 Weeks

We’re used to getting sick when the weather turns cold, but for a population of rare antelopes in Kazakhstan, higher temperatures were deadly. Between May and June 2015, a warm weather epidemic wiped out about 200,000 saiga antelopes (Saiga tatarica tatarica). If this sounds like a high death toll to you, then you’re onto something: That number actually represents about 62 percent of the global population of saiga antelope, a critically endangered species.

In a paper published Wednesday...

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