Great Gobi B

Biosphere Reserve


Area 9'000 km2
Height
aprox. 1000 Meter above sea level

South-West Mongolia




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Takhi

Holy Animal of Mongolia


Population Great Gobi B SPA 235 Animals
back home since 1992

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Great Gobi B

Biosphere Reserve


Area 9'000 km2
Height
aprox. 1000 Meter above sea level

South-West Mongolia

read more

Takhi

Holy Animal of Mongolia


Population Great Gobi B SPA 235 Animals
back home since 1992


read more

Takhi

Holy Animal of Mongolia


Population Great Gobi B SPA 235 Animals
back home since 1992

read more

Takhi

Holy Animal of Mongolia


Population Great Gobi B SPA 235 Animals
back home since 1992

read more

Great Gobi B

Biosphere Reserve


Area 9'000 km2
Height
aprox. 1000 Meter above sea level

South-West Mongolia



read more

Great Gobi B

Biosphere Reserve


Area 9'000 km2
Height
aprox. 1000 Meter above sea level

South-West Mongolia



read more

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Khulan-Monitoring

Tagged Wild Asses shed Light on their use of the Habitat

1500 Khulans in Groups of changing Composition

Mongolia is the most important retreat area for the approximately 20'000 Khulans equus hemionus.  Approximately 1500 animals in groups of changing compositions live in the Gobi B. Only recently there is data available covering ecology and their use of habitat.

Conflicts between Humans and Khulans

In Mongolia, Khulans are protected since 1953. The growing population and the harsh winters of the past few years however led to increasing conflicts between nomads and Khulans. human presence at water points makes it difficult for the Khulans to use this essential resource. Moreover, the Khulans are regarded by the nomads as competitors to domestic animals and livestock in the use of the grasslands. Massive losses in domestic animals also led some nomads to poach the Khulan due to ist meat.

Large roaming Area

Since June 2002, 7 Khulans in the Great Gobi B SPA were collared with ARGOS-satellite radio tags. The aim was to find out where the they spend the winter, how they make use of the different water points and whether there is an exchange between different Khulan populations.

The tagged animals used more than 6000 km2 of the park and visitied all water points. It becomes apparent that the Khulans tend to stay in the east of Great Gobi B during sommer and autumn and prefer to stay in the hilly western area during wintertime.

How to avoid a harsh Winter

2007 14 additional Khulans werde tagged with radio transmitters. The collars had been blasted off after the winter 2009/10 and were collected. The evaluation of the data shows that the Khulans could avoid the harsh winter by moving partly over the border to China.