14th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Mother saiga and newborn calves

Saigas are critically endangered antelopes and the birth of these one-week calves is a hope for a whole species. Mother-saiga on this photo is showing to her twins a waterhole with brackish water for the very first time. Various minerals in it are essential for their survival in arid environment of European steppe. Stepnoi Nature Reserve, Russia

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 05.2015
Date Uploaded: 11.2016
Photo Location: Liman, Astrakhan, Russia
Camera: Canon EOS 70D
Copyright: © Andrey Giljov