A mega-herd of a quarter of a million Mongolian gazelles has been seen gathering on the country's steppes, one of the world's last great wildernesses.

The coming together on the grassy plains is the largest ever recorded.

The biologists who saw it estimate it contained perhaps a quarter of all Mongolian gazelles on the planet.

"It was stunning," says Kirk Olson of the University of Massachusetts, US. "I don't know if I was surprised or simply blown away by what we came across."

This large of a gathering of these antelope is highly unusual, as herds of 5,000 to 8,000 only gather in the fall. The area has been unusually dry, but just a couple weeks ago there was a huge rainfall. Must be great grass.

See Olson and his group's detailed article on this epic gathering of the Mongolian Gazelle in the ORYX Journal.

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