From the International Takhi-Group
Over 200 Takhis roaming the Gobi B!
For the first time since the beginning of reintroduction, more than 200 Takhis are roaming the steppe of the Gobi B.
In this time the population has developped successfully and has started to explore new areas. But it also had to survive two hard winters in which Dzud took the life of many animals.
The warmest thanks to all pioneers and today's protagonists but also to the rangers of the Gobi B SPA who worked and still work hard for this successful of reintroduction. They all made this story possible.
New Takhis from Europe have arrived at Takhintal
At the end of June 4 mares have been brought to the ITG-Takhi reintroduction site by Zoo Prague and the Czech Army. As in the previous years the transport has gone very smoothly and the horses are already getting used to their new "world". They will stay in the acclimatization fence for one year before they can roam the steppe as a harem in 2018.
First foal in 2017 in the Gobi B
On April 19th the first Takhi foal of 2017 was born near Takhintal. Rangers expect 30-40 more until fall.
Photoexhibition about 25 years of Takhi-reintroduction
The Blue Moon Gallerie in Ulaanbaatar is hosting a spectacular photoexhibition, showing 25 years of Takhi reintroduction in the Gobi B. Come and see the pictures of Takhis, the plants and animals of the Gobi B and its magnificient landscape.
The presentation was opened by Gabriella Spirli of Swiss Development Agency (SDC) on April 15th and will last until April 20th.
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25 years of Takhi-reintroduction in the Dzungarian Gobi - what has been achieved? What are the challenges in the future? What is the work of the rangers in the Gobi B - Read the interview with Nisehhuu who tries to think like a Takhi in order to find them in the vast area of the Nationalpark.
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Innermongolian collaboration in favor of the Przewalski's horse
The close collaboration of the Hustai Nuuru and Takhintal reintroduction projects resulted in a transport of four Takhis ot Takhintal and further to Takhin us on July 22nd. This was made possible by the help of Prague zoo and the Czech Army which porvided their airplane and their knowledge to successfully organise this transport.
Four mares from Europe for the Takhi population in the Gobi B
On July 18th four mares coming from alle over Europe have been brought to Takhintal thanks to the cooperation of Prague Zoo (member of the ITG) and the Czech Army. They had been flown from Prague to Bulgan and then brought by trucks to Takhintal, where they were released to the acclimatization enclosure shortly after midnight.
The new Takhis had been selected on a genetical basis, in order to bring
more variability of genetics into the Takhintal population. They will
remain in the acclimatization enclosure for one year. Thus they can
adapt to the mongolian climate and can be observed closely by the
rangers of the Gobi B.
English lessons fpr the rangers in the Gobi B national park
During one month the rangers at Takhintal had the chance to intensely learn english. This was made possible on a voluntary basis by a retired teacher from Switzerland. Uli Rutz took also the chance to give some lessons at the school of Bugat during 3 days. Thus on the other hand he had the chance to get to know the daily live of the nomads and the rangers and had the chance to accompany the rangers to the wildlife of the Gobi B. You will find his short report here
In commemoration of B. Chinbat
On May 2nd former ranger B. Chinbat died after a severe illness. The rangers of the Gobi B National Park and the ITG grieve for warmhearted and very active ranger who shared his experience willingly with his younger colleagues and was also politically active for the Takhis in the Gobi B.
ITG expresses its sencere condolences to the family of B. Chinbat.
New fences for the acclimatization enclosure
Floods in springtime of 2015 had caused broken poles and wires at the acclimatization enclosure at Takhintal. Therefore the rangers had a load of work when the weather started to be more convenient in spring 2016. They not only redesigned and rebuilt the enclosure at Takhintal but also enlarged the one at Takhin us which will be used for new Takhis in the western part of the Gobi B National Park.
Takhi back home!
ITG Mongolia had supported to establish takhi information corners in the museums of the two Aimag centers Gobi Altai and Khovd. The exhibition "Takhi back home" shows the history of the Takhis and their reinintroduction to the Great Gobi B SPA.
During his visit to Mongolia in September 2015 Reinhard Schnidrig, president of the ITG had the pleasure to officially open the photo-exhibition together with the Governor of Khovd Mr.Tseveenravdan.
Reinhard Schnidrig is the new president of the ITG
ITG has elected Reinhard Schnidrig as new president of the ITG, he is active in the CMS (Convention on the conservation of migratory species of wild animals), thus emphasizing international networking on nature protection in the Gobi B.
Thomas Pfisterer has retired as president of the ITG. During the years of his presidency he has introduced "democracy for nature protection" on the agenda and has promoted this idea with much meticulousness, energy and commitment. This led to a paradigm shift in the Gobi B region of Mongolia on a political level of nature conservation. For this achievement and his immense work, ITG has awarded him the honorary presidency.
Honorary Doctorates for Dorothee Stamm and Thomas Pfisterer
At the annual Dies Academicus (April 25th, 2015) two members of the Intenational Takhi-Group were awarded Honorary Doctorates of the Vetsuisse faculty of the University of Zurich for their contribution to the conservation of the Przewalski's horse.
Dorothee Stamm, honorary member of the ITG, was awarded honorary doctor for her manifold contributions to the conservation of the Przewalski's horse and to the reintroduction of the Takhi in the Gobi B.
Thomas Pfisterer is the current president of the ITG. He has intensified the political dimension of Takhi conservation and ttheir reintroduction into Mongolia and has built up important contacts and contracts on regional and national levels. These efforts were awarded with the honorary doctorate.
Photo-exhibition in Tokyo
In march Prof. Sanekato Takeshi has organised a photo-exhibiton and talks in Tokyo. The japanese audience had the chance to get to know more about the Takhi, its history and reintroduction as well as the nomadic life and fauna in Mongolia.
Great Honor for ITG-board member Miroslav Bobek
In september 2014 Miroslav Bobek received the "Medal of Friendship" from the Mongolian president. This is a great honor for him and as he says also for the ITG for all the work done for the Takhi-reintroduction.
Learning about the Takhis
Again several young students from schools of the region had the possibility to participate in a fieldtrip to Takhintal. They learned about the ecology of the Gobi B SPA and especially about the Przewalski's horses. Lots of fieldnames in the Gobi B have the word "Takhi" in it and therefore it is important for the children to know about the history of the Takhi extinction and reintroduction in their region.
Takhi's Friends Mongolia
Takhis are getting support from Ulaanbaatar - Alfred Näf and Joachim Göttel founded the Takhi's Friends Mongolia.
Their goal is to raise money, to support projects at Takhintal and to inform people in the city about the Takhi and its importance for the mongolian ecology. Takhi's Friends Mongolia is working in a tight collaboration with "Freunde des Wildpferdes" in Switzerland.
Contacts with Jimsar breeding station in China
In the last weeks of May the contacts with the breeding center of Jimsar near the Mongolian boarder in China has been intensified and two representatives of the Takhintal reintrodutions site have visited the center. It is planned to have more transports of mares in the future similar to the one which was carried out in 2012.
New Takhi-Exhibition at Gobi Altai Nature Museum
In the nature museum of the Altai museum the wildlife and takhi-room have been renovated thanks to a donation of Chur Nature Museum (Switzerland). The new exhibition was officially opened in presence of the the deputy governor and the head of the Nature Environment department of Gobi Altay.
Solar driven well in the Great Gobi B SPA
Water sources are very important for the wildlife in the Great Gobi B. In February 2014 a new solar driven well was built near Huduu serten. The well is equipped with a camera trap which will keep record of the wildlife visiting the new well. The new well has been financed by the Mongolian government.
The well has been very well accepted by the wildlife during the year. One harem-group from Takhin Us has seen at the well in september which means that the group has enlarged there homerange very much by the means of the well.
Local administrations agree to Enlargement of the Great Gobi B SPA
The current area of the Great Gobi B SPA is part of four sums (Bugat und Tonhil im Gobi Altai Aimag und Altai und Uench im Khovd
Aimag). In this region the the last Takhis in the wild have been seen. By now 90 free-roaming Takhis live in the area.
In order to protect the Takhis and other species which cover long distances, it is important to work towards a bigger protected area. For more than one year work has to be done to enlarge the Great Gobi B SPA. By now all local administrations have agreed to the enlargement in democratic processes. In May 2014 the project will be discussed in the National Parliament in Ulaanbaatar.
Senior Ranger N. Altansukh received "honorary certificate" from Minister
Specialist N. Altansukh of the Takhintal reintroduction center has received the "Honorary Certificate" of the Ministry of Nature and Green Development (MNGD).
At Takhintal he works for the Great Gobi B SPA as a conservation officer as well as finance manager of the administration. Furthermore he helps coordinating the Takhi reintroduction project at of the ITG in this area. Contgratulation to this award!
Rare guest in the Dzungarian Gobi
On December 10th 2013 our rangers had the chance to take this great picture of a lynx in the Dzungarian Gobi.