Great Gobi B

Biosphere Reserve


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

South-West Mongolia



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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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Takhi

Holy Animal of Mongolia


Population Great Gobi B SPA 235 Animals
back home since 1992


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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

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

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Research on Wolves

The Wolf - protected but still hunted

What Nomads think about the Presence of the Wolf

The nomads, who have to deal with the wolf’s presence, are an important source of information. Therefore the International Takhi Group asked the nomads about the wolf issue. These are the results:
  • The wolf and how to handle its presence is an important issue in Mongolia with its 2.6 mio inhabitants and 25 mio grazing animals.
  • The majority of the Mongols thinks that it is good to have wolves in Mongolia despite the fact that almost every nomad family loses many of their domestic animals and livestock to the wolf.
Therefore protection of domestic animals is given highest priority by the nomads and they find that hunting wolves is necessary. They also assume that the wolf popuation is increasing.

Tracking the Wolf

In order to obtain reliable data about the wolf and its life in the Great Gobi B SPA, two wolves were tagged with collars bearing GPS satellite transmitters. The evaluation of the data showed that wolves use large roaming areas.

Projects to protect the Wolves

Nevertheless the wolf is endangered in the Great Gobi B due to the demand for wolf products and the trend to commercialise products of wild animals. The latter reduces the wild hoofed animals in some areas, which leads to a reduction of the wolves’ food resources. In order to protect the wolves, solutions were developed and put into practice.
  • Hunting of wolves by means of motorised transport vehicles is only allowed on permission of the management of the Great Gobi B SPA. The hunters must be registered.
  • The examination of killed wolves is compulsory (gender, age, place where it was shot)
  • Rangers check cars for weapons or animal products on a regular basis.
  • Alterrnative programmes are developed aiming to restrict the wolf population in the surrounding area.
  • Rangers keep records of the presence of the wolf (reproduction, tracks, prey etc.).
  • Random inspections of wild animal products offered on border posts and on markets near the country borders.
  • Development of teaching material on the subject of the „unique territory of the Gobi and its animals“ including wolves and other predators.
  • Further research on the wolf in the steppe-ecosystem.