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Migration of ungulates

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Nested target: Steppe, Gobi and Mountain ungulates: Mongolian gazelle (Procapra gutturosa) Asiatic wild ass –Khulan (Equus hemionus), Goitered gazelle (Gazella subgutturosa) Argali sheep (Ovis ammon)

Conservation goals

By 2025, key natural migration patterns* of selected ungulate species are maintained and restored.

*no artificial changes/barriers to movement

Conservation target current status

Mongolia is currently at the juncture of rapid change, resulting from the need to strengthen its  conomy, provide services to its population, and create new infrastructure that presents a potential barrier for migratory animals such as Asiatic wild ass - Khulan (Equus hemionus), Goitered Gazelle (Gazella  subgutturosa) and Mongolian gazelle (Procapra gutturosa).

After construction of the planned railroad in 2025, the Mongolian gazelle populations will be divided into 9 isolated populations separated by railway and border fences, while the Khulan populations will be divided into 5 and the Goitered gazelle populations into 7 populations respectively. The Mongolian saiga population will be isolated as 2 separate populations.

Key principles for conserving migrants include securing seasonal ranges, resource protection, overnment support and minimizing fences. Meeting these needs will require sound planning and effective management to avoid adverse environmental impacts—such as overgrazing and the degradation of pastures, pollution, and the fragmentation and clearing of natural habitats for roads or mining.

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