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Igor Shpilenok - In Search of Saiga Antelopes, The Kalmykian Steppe, Russia III

Thursday, June 4th, 2009 Posted in Eastern Europe, Uncategorized | 10 Comments »

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Mission accomplished At last, the moment we have spent a month cruising the steppe for… Most of the female saigas in the Kalmykian herd gave birth to their young in the safety of the Cherniye Zemly Nature Reserve and are now tied ...

Igor Shpilenok - In Search of Saiga Antelopes, The Kalmykian Steppe, Russia II

Thursday, June 4th, 2009 Posted in Eastern Europe, Uncategorized | 5 Comments »

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When we departed on Our Wild Wonders of Europe mission to Kalmykia, my son Petya forgot to pack a travel mug and only realized it when already in the remote steppe. In the beginning, Petya and I had to drink tea ...

Igor Shpilenok - In Search of Saiga Antelopes, The Kalmykian Steppe, Russia

Sunday, May 10th, 2009 Posted in Eastern Europe, Uncategorized | 10 Comments »

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Steppe, steppe everywhere… We are in Kalmykia, at the southeastern edge of Europe – just under 2,000 km from Moscow and about 100 km from the Caspian Sea.  The Kalmykian steppes were once the bottom of the Caspian Sea. I arrived ...