Saiga Antelope

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Saiga Antelope

Saiga AntelopeOriginal.jpg

Character Data
Japanese Name: サイガ
Romanised Name: saiga
First Featured in: Kemono Friends (2015 Game)
Animal Data
Scientific Name: Saiga tatarica
Distribution: Kalmykia, Kazakhstan and Mongolia
Diet: Herbivore
Average Lifespan in the Wild: Unknown
Read More: Saiga Antelope
Conservation Status: Status iucn3.1 CR.svg.png
Saiga Antelope Nexon Game

Saiga Antelope is a type of Friend that appeared in the original Kemono Friends mobile game.


Saiga Antelope has black eyes, with long hair that is honey blonde at the top and gray at the bottom, that seems to be gathered at the back of her head in a messy style, while having two blonde curled bangs (resembling the snout of the real animal) covering her right eye. As other Friends, she has two strings of hair projected upwards to represent her antlers, a pair of small animal ears and a very small tail. She wields a brown lance with both sides of it presenting ring-like ridges. She wears a white shirt under a light brown v-neck vest with a big white spot on her belly, and an orange bow tie. For her lower half, she small ripped tawny shorts, thigh highs following the same color pattern as her shirt and a pair of small platform shoes that are light brown at the top and dark brown at the bottom.

In Real Life

An adult male Saiga Antelope next to a calf.

Saiga Antelopes are found in three areas of central Asia with different populations: Russia (Kalmykia), Kazakhstan and Mongolia. They inhabit open dry steppes and semi-arid desserts, in flat areas with low-growing vegetation. Saiga Antelopes have a very distinct feature, their large head with a huge mobile nose that hangs over its mouth, adapted to live in their harsh environment. They have a pair of long, waxy colored horns, long, thin legs, a body that resembles that of a sheep, and a short yellowish coat that becomes thicker and longer in winter.

Saiga Antelopes are herbivores, being mostly active during the day where they spend much of their time grazing on various species of grass, herbs and shrubs. They occasionally migrate as a group, forming large herds consisting of 30-40 individuals to escape snowstorms and droughts.

During mating season adult males gather a group of 5-15 females in harems which they defend aggressively from other males. The intense fighting and very little feeding during this time results in really high mortality for the males, up to ninety per cent may perish due to exhaustion.


In 2015 around 200,000 saiga antelope suddenly died in Kazakhstan. Scientists found out that the deaths were a result of the change of their environment which resulted the invasion of a pathogen into the bloodstreams of the antelopes.


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