First Takhi-foal of 2024

Happy to announce: the first Takhi-foal of 2024 in the Great Gobi B SPA is born on April 19th! As a result of the successful reintroduction and the Takhi growing wild again, the newborn can only be seen from far away or through the telescope until now.

The Takhi are well, also due to the pasture of the Gobi B, which is very good and nourishing this year. Rangers have observed about 60-70 pregnant mares: there are many more Takhi-foals to come this year!

Foto: Altansukh Nanjid

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The topics and challenges of the ITG cover a wide field, from the application for a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to the health monitoring of wild and domestic animals and training for rangers to various research projects. Read what’s going on in the Gobi B in the latest Takhi Post.

ITG-Workshop 2024

This year’s ITG-Workshop was under the motto “New Strategies”. We hosted the workshop in the building “Fauna” in the wildlife park Bruderhaus in Winterthur, Switzerland. The Mongolian delegation arrived with two participants from the Mongolian Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET), the director of the Great Gobi B and the ITG executive director of Mongolia. The ITG board members also welcomed participants from the Frankfurt Zoological Society, partner zoos (Nurenberg and Berlin), and the Hanns-Seidel Foundation. During three days new strategies for the Great Gobi B were discussed concerning the protected area management, environmental and social challenges, the one-health approach, and the takhi management in the future. New ideas were created, ongoing activities evaluated and deepened further and the takhi in Winterthur were observed with a smile on our faces. Currently, around 260 of this unique species are roaming in the Gobi steppe.

Dzud Winter in Mongolia – How are the takhi doing?

The current Dzud winter (extremely harsh winter event) in Mongolia is all over the international news. Although, the Great Gobi B was hit by a Dzud this winter, the takhi are doing well. The winter was very snowy with up to 60 cm of snow cover in the Gobi for several months. But due to good hay reserves and sufficient winter feeding, only three takhi died so far.

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Hay for the Przewalski’s horses

During the first days of 2024 it was snowing continuously. The snow cover in the plain measures about 10 cm, whereas in the mountain areas it reaches up to 40 cm. In order to avoid the Takhi getting weak, rangers are monitoring the Takhi and bring them hay to the Gobi B – hard work!

The Beauty of Wintertime

In winter, life is hard for the animals in the Great Gobi B. Nevertheless for rangers and photographers it becomes easier to spot even rare animals in the snow. Enjoy more beautiful pictures taken by Buyantogtohk Dorjbat in the Gobi B during the last days on Facebook.
Photo credits: Buyantogtohk Dorjbat

Last-Minute Idea

Are you still looking for a special Christmas-present for your loved ones? What about adopting a Takhi-foal? With this symbolic contribution you will help the entire Takhi population in the Great Gobi B. You will receive a certificate and, if you wish, the foal will get the name of your choice.

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The Gobi B is covered with snow

Magic pictures with loads of snow and blu (or grey) skies mean a great challenge for humans and wild animals in the region. In the cold weather takhi have to find their way through the snow-covered landscape to find some food.

On the other hand the rangers try their best to get into the Gobi desert to observe the situation for wildlife and especially the takhi. It is important to have good cars and hay, to cope with wintertime, in order to track the Takhi and feed them with hay, if needed. If you want to support this important task:

Cashmere for Future

The ecosystem of the Great Gobi B is not only the habitat of specific and partly endangered fauna and flora. Nomads have also been using mainly two north-south routes through the protected area for centuries. As a biosphere reserve, the Great Gobi B aims to harmonise ecological conservation interests with the traditions of the local population.

In October 2022 the the local cooperative “Khowchiin Tsagaan Sort” was established to enable a direct sale of combed wool to fashion companies and yarn manufacturers. This should result in fair payment for the herders and on the same time through strict quality control reduce the herd size, thus decreasing the pressure on wildlife.

After one year, in October 2023, 45 herders met at the Khowchiin Tsagaan Sort meeting, where the project consultants gave a detailed introduction about cashmere and presented the very good results of laboratory analysis of the cashmere of the local cooperative.

To have enough capital it was agreed, that every member should give 1 kg of cashmere to the common fund. During the last year 100 kg of cashmere was sold to „Edelziege“ and 356 kg to Taliin aduu LLC

Edelziege brought hats and gloves back to the Gobi B which had been produced from the local cashmere. The herders were very impressed by the products and the two hats and one pair of gloves were given to different members by lottery.