Takhi, Goats and Fashion

In the Great Gobi B, traditional nomads and wild horses (takhi) share the habitat. The ITG and those responsible for the protected area strive to enable the nomads to make a living in their traditional way of life so that they can also profit economically from the conservation of nature. The fashion label EDELZiEGE and ITG are pooling their commitment and know-how. Direct purchase of raw wool is intended to improve the nomads’ income security.

Last week ITG brought the takhi project to the catwalks of the Fashion Week in Berlin.

Together with our guests – the Mongolian Embassy in Berlin, Zoo Berlin, Heinz Sielmann Foundation, Heinrich Boell Foundation, ODKHA Travel, Noble Nomads GmbH, and many more – we discussed sustainable value chains and how to build bridges between nature conservation, nomadic livelihoods, and the fashion industry.

The designer Anja Gockel kindly provided us with the platform in the Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin and rounded off the event with a private fashion show.

Takhi at the Fashion Week

What do wild horses and fashion have in common? We will pursue this question at the fashion week in Berlin.

One of ITG’s concerns is that people can find a livelihood in their traditional way of life and also benefit economically from the conservation of nature. That is why the ITG cooperates with the fashion label EDELZiEGE in the area of socio-economy. Our common goal is to enable the predominantly nomadic population around the Great Gobi B protected area with a secure livelihood while at the same time protecting the ecosystem.

At the Fashiontalk on September 9, 2021 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Adlon Kempinski Hotel in Berlin, we will tell you why this is important and how we will bundle our commitment and know-how.

Our thanks go to the designer Anja Gockel and Saruul Fischer from EDELZiEGE for organizing this event.

Registrations are very welcome.

Water management in the Gobi

The research team of the Great Gobi B and the Khovd University jointly monitor the rivers, streams, springs, and oases in the Dzungarian Gobi, mapping the location of water points and determining the water quality.

The main goal is to identify the water points which are essential for wildlife and local people. The team fences the polluted springs for protection, develops water management policies based on research, and trains rangers in water management activities.

The project is financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in Mongolia, ITG, and the Great Gobi B management.

A House for the Gobi

We are building a new center for the biosphere reserve. It improves the infrastructure connection, enables more efficient administration, and offers more attractive jobs for specialist staff, an information centre for tourists and a meeting place for locals and travellers. The construction of the building is generously financed by the German KfW Development Bank. Find out more about the new building in the current special edition of the Takhi Post.

Happy Naadam!

Naadam is a national festival in Mongolia focusing on three traditional games: wrestling, archery, and horseracing.

Celebrations bring people together, but in 2021 everything is different. The Mongolian government decided to cancel this year’s celebrations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The team of ITG hopes to be able to celebrate with Mongolian friends and colleagues next year!

New Takhi Post

We are celebrating the birth of the 300th Takhi in the protected area Great Gobi B. Find out how the dedicated ranger team works with local herders to protect the ecosystem. A botanical sensation that was first described in 2018 is presented in the species portrait.

Takhi-Post, May 2021

First Foal in 2021

The people who participate in the reintroduction of the Przewalski’s horse are always very happy to welcome the firstborn Przewalski’s foal of the year. On March 19th, rangers welcomed the first male foal of 2021, which was born into the Ajna-harem. It is the first foal ever to be born in March, since the reintroduction of the Przewalski’s horse started 29 years ago. However, the foal is in a good shape. The mother of this year’s foal was also the first foal to be born in 2006 and is the daughter of a mare transported earlier on.

General Assembly «Friends of the Wild Horse»

Sunday, June 27th 2021 at 1 pm at Wildnispark Zürich, Langenberg

The General Assembly will be held as a joint event with the friends of the Jean-Pierre und Sonja Siegfried Stiftung.
„Wildnispark Langenberg, starting point of several reintroduction projects“

After the General Assembly a guided tour through the animal park Wildnispark Langenberg will take place. The focus will be set on the reintroduction of threatened animal species.
Karin Hindenlang, (managing director, Stiftung Wildnispark Zürich), Christian Stauffer (president, Friends of the Wild Horse) and Reinhard Schnidrig (president, ITG) will provide us with interesting insights into this field.
At the end, you will be offered an aperitif at the restaurant Langenberg and Lena Michler (ecologist) will speak about her thesis “Coexistence of nomads and wild animals in the protected area of the Great Gobi B”. The event will end at about 5 pm.

New Takhi Post

The year 2020 is very special. For this reason, we will present you a 3rd edition of the Takhi Post. Learn more about the ecosystem of the Great Gobi B SPA and its inhabitants. In wintertime – if you are lucky and patient enough – you will be able to see a snowleopard. The Takhi Post gives you an insight into this very special species.
Takhi-Post, December 2020

Demarcation and Information Signboards

After the decision of the Mongolian Parliament to expand the strictly protected area of the Great Gobi B to more than two times the area it was before, the management of the Great Gobi B has now installed 100 new demarcation columns and 29 new information signboards.
The new signs were made possible thanks to the financial support of the Jean-Pierre und Sonja Siegfried Foundation. It provides information about the area and helps to remind the local people and tourists to protect the ecosystem of the Gobi B and the habitat of many endemic species. Furthermore it supports the sustainable growth of the Takhi population.