Wildlife populations in Khar Yamaat Nature Reserve increasingEnvironment
Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Rangers of Khar Yamaat Nature Reserve (NR) maintain records of wildlife individuals when they go on patrolling. To confirm the monitoring data on wildlife heads and locations collected by rangers and assess the current ungulate populations in the NR, the quarterly inventories were done with a line transect method in 2021.
Rangers of the NR and buffer zone sub-provinces jointly conducted the latest quarterly inventory in December, 2021. While 14 individuals of red deer (Cervus Elaphus) and 136 individuals of Mongolian gazelle (Procapra gutturosa) were recorded in the NR in December, 2020, there were 22 red deer individuals and 150 Mongolian gazelle individuals were recorded in the NR in December, 2021. Particularly, the Mongolian gazelle population that occurred in the NR in all seasons since 2015 has been increasing, according to their inventory results.
D. Kherlenbaatar, a ranger of Khar Yamaat NR, says “Lately, wildlife populations in the NR have been on the rise thanks to the increasing participatory conservation efforts. At the same time, illegal hunting has become no longer to occur in the NR. We are really happy for that the wildlife habitats are being recovered and protected”
Overall, Khar Yamaat NR is characterized with its specific natural formations such as aspen stands and rocky habitats that have abundant woody plants such as dwarf birch, and almond stands which provide home to diverse biodiversity including forest ungulates and predators such as grey wolf, lynx, Manul or Pallas’ cat, Eurasian badger, Golden eagle, and Sake falcon in the region. Thus, Khar Yamaat NR is called the ‘Khangay’ in the steppe.
Source: WWF Mongolia