WWF HELPED TO RESTORE WATER WELLS FOR SAIGAS IN THE ASTRAKHAN REGION
Water deficit is one of the major challenges for the animals in the dry steppes of the Astrakhan Region and the Republic of Kalmykia, including the saiga. In search for water, the antelopes migrate long distances, occasionally leaving protected area and exposing themselves to poachers.
Acknowledging this threat, WWF-Russia approached the Stepnoi Sanctuary with a solution to this problem. Some of the water wells in the Sanctuary had been choked with sand, making it impossible to deliver water to the surface; therefore, in September—November 2018, a project for restoration of the water wells was realized. Special machinery was used to clean out three artesian wells, which now deliver water from 200 m depth to the surface feeding small ponds for animals to drink. Average yield of a well is about 40 cubic meters of water daily. However, each of them can produce 10 times more water if a pump is used.
Photo in the template: (с) SBE Administration of Stepnoi Sanctuary in Astrakhan Region