Offspring in the Gobi

The first takhi foal of the year was born! This is a special event for the whole ITG and Great Gobi B team every year. It shows how important and successful our work for the wild horses is. We would like to thank everyone who is committed to this special species and its habitat.

Travel with us to the wild horses

Together with the tour operator ODKHA Travel, a trip to Mongolia to see the wild horses is being made possible this summer.

Experience the wild horses up close and immerse yourself in the nomadic everyday life of the local herdsmen.

Our goal is to establish sustainable tourism in the still largely untouched part of the Mongolian Gobi. A portion of the proceeds from the trip will support socio-economic activities around the Great Gobi B Strictly Protected Area.

349 takhi in the Great Gobi B

There are currently around 851 wild horses living in Mongolia: As of December 2021, 349 takhi live in the Great Gobi “B” Strictly Protected Area, 380 takhi in the Hustai National Park, and 122 in the Khomyn Tal National Park. The wild horses survived the winter well.

Young scientists

The International Takhi Group and the Great Gobi “B” Protected Area Administration launched the “YOUNG RESEARCHER PROGRAM” at the beginning of March 2022 at secondary schools in the protected area’s buffer zone.

The aim of the program is to arouse the interest of secondary school students in science experiments. Pupils should learn to identify wild animals, plants, microorganisms, and their living conditions, as well as environmental phenomena.

Schools in the buffer zone are secondary schools of the Bugat, Tonkhil soums of the Gobi-Altai aimag and the Altai, Uench and Bulgan soums of the Khovd aimag.

Happy Lunar New Year!

In Mongolia, the first celebration of the year is the Lunar New Year, Tsagaan Sar, which means “white moon”.

ITG Workshop 2022

Every year the ITG organizes a workshop where the project partners come together for 3 days. An enthusiastic team from Mongolia, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Norway, and Germany share project and study results, discuss ongoing activities and exchange new ideas and ways to go forward. This year, the presentations and discussions were full of peoples’ engagement, hope, and exciting outlooks for the future, even in the middle of a pandemic. The iconic takhi holds an umbrella over the whole “ITG family”. Every single person in our team puts his/her energy towards the conservation of the wild horses and their ecosystem. In manifold projects, our team works towards conservation for fauna, flora, and people with the takhi as our guiding animal.

New Takhi Post

The desert is alive! Learn how through the “umbrella species” Takhi also 410 other spectacular species get protected in their habitat. Read about a Mongolian grasshopper, an ancient relic with a very original but highly developed morphology.

Takhi Post, December 2021

Conference of the “Great Gobi 6” (GG6) initiative

This initiative aims to protect the animals of the Gobi desert, the symbols of healthy Gobi ecosystems. The GG6 initiative focuses on the following wildlife species: Wild Bactrian Camel, Gobi Bear, Takhi or Wild Horse, Khulan or Wild Ass, Saiga Antelope, and Goitered Gazelle.

Recently, the 5th conference of the GG6 initiative with governmental and non-governmental organizations, scientists, and researchers was held from November 3-5, 2021. During the conference, the parties discussed issues related to water supply for the six Gobi wildlife species and the implementation of wildlife-friendly infrastructure standards.

G. Yondon, a researcher from the International Takhi Group, and G. Dovchindorj and O. Khurelbaatar, specialists from the Zuungariin Gobi Strictly Protected Area Administration, have introduced their work on wildlife protection to the parties and exchanged experiences with other participants during the event.

“Kids in Gobi’s protected area”

Read the story about three brothers who learned about reptiles and snakes in the Great Gobi B SPA during summer. The story was written by Yondon G. and Dovchindorj G. who won the third prize in a competition of the Hanns Seidel Foundation Mongolia with the motto “Environmental protection is everyone’s obligation”.