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Nearly 100 saiga found dead in Kostanay region of Kazakhstan.

About 1 hundred saiga were found dead of unknown reasons in Kostanay region, the Ministry of Agriculture of Kazakhstan said Tuesday.

"Employees of Kostanai regional territorial inspection of forestry and wildlife department of the Ministry of Agriculture found on May 11 about 100 dead saiga in Amangeldy district of Kostanay region," the report reads.

The number of dead animals and the cause of their death are being clarified, the ministry said.

Saiga, classified as critically endangered by the IUCN, is an antelope which originally inhabited a vast area of the Eurasian steppe zone.

An estimated total number of 50,000 saigas survive today in Kalmykia, three areas of Kazakhstan and in two isolated areas of Mongolia.

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Date:May 12, 2015
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