PRESERVING WILDLIFE AS THE HUMAN POPULATION INCREASES
The reserve was established in 1996 to protect the flowing springs and habitat used by the region’s people, wildlife and livestock. Its resources make it a stronghold for the near-threatened argali sheep – the world’s largest mountain sheep – as well as kestrel, cinereous vulture, and other threatened animals across their range. Rapidly expanding human and livestock populations are increasing pressure on these resources. The rising demand from surrounding countries for animal meat and for body parts for use in traditional medicine, along with poaching, threatens the survival of the rich Mongolian wildlife.