National Geographic : 2000 Sep
Photographedby GeorgeB. Schaller WILDLIFE AS CANON SEES IT A herd of chiru, or Tibetan antelope, roams over desolate snow-covered plains. With the onset of spring, most chirus migrate north. Males disperse to forage on herbs and grasses during a scant three-month growing season, while females trek to calving grounds. After giving birth, the females return south with their young, but nearly half the newborns perish on the way. Chirus that survive the harsh environment continue to face heavy odds-poachers hunt them relentlessly for their fine wool, known as "shahtoosh." Increased worldwide demand for shahtoosh scarves and shawls is pushing the species toward extinction. As a global corporation committed to social and environmental concerns, we join in worldwide efforts to promote greater awareness of endangered species for the benefit of future generations. Chiru (Pantholopshodgsoni) Size: Shoulder height of male, 80 cm; females are smaller and hornless Weight: Male, 35-40 kg; female, 25-30 kg Habitat: Arid, treeless steppes and grasslands of the Tibetan Plateau, at elevations of 4,300 m and above Surviving number: Estimated at fewer than 75.000 Canon NrmiNpwYry GrmplSAnkw.