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The Saiga lives in the Great Steppe of Eurasia, home of Attila the Hun and Gengis Khan.

These nomadic beasts divide their time between summer and wintering grounds, but their extraordinary schnoz is useful all year round.

In the dry, dusty summers, the nose helps filter out dust from the air. In the cold winter it serves to warm up the air before they breathe it in.

During the winter, males stop eating and spend all their time fighting over mates. Up to 97% of them may die out of sheer exhaustion!

…Image: Darwin Initiative/Seilov/Adriana Dinu