Marmot reintroduction continues successfully | WWF

Marmot reintroduction continues successfully



Posted on 14 October 2020
In the summer of 2019, 20 marmots (Marmota sibirica) were reintroduced to the Khar Yamaat Nature Reserve while a number of marmot population is decreasing due to illegal hunting.
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WWF-Mongolia has been in charge of the management of the Khar Yamaat Nature Reserve since 2014. The area is unique in that it spans the territory of Sukhbaatar and Khentii provinces, and local authorities are actively involved in conservation work.
In the summer of 2019, 20 marmots (Marmota sibirica) were reintroduced to the Khar Yamaat Nature Reserve while a number of marmot population is decreasing due to illegal hunting. Prior to this work, field researchers from the National University of Mongolia studied the vegetation of the Khar Yamaat Nature Reserve and scientifically identified areas where marmots could be reintroduced.
Specialists from WWF-Mongolia, in collaboration with rangers, conducted a monitoring study to determine the location and breeding success of reintroduced marmots. According to the study, the death toll[SG1]  of marmots was low, and experts say that it is possible to reintroduce marmots in the area in the future. This is because the area is rich in plants and has little negative impact on marmots. Therefore, on July 4, 2020, 30 marmots were reintroduced to the Khar Yamaat Nature Reserve with funding from the Khentii Province Department of Nature and Environment. The rangers and citizen rangers of the area will continue to monitor the reintroduced marmots.
 
In the summer of 2019, 20 marmots (Marmota sibirica) were reintroduced to the Khar Yamaat Nature Reserve while a number of marmot population is decreasing due to illegal hunting.
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