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Mongolian gazelle migration must not be stopped

Posted on 22 July 2019

WWF-Mongolia experts analyzed 3.5 years of data and found that our 24 collared gazelles are within the range of 247,380.23 km2 in Khentii, Dornod, Sukhbaatar and Dornogobi provinces. Average monthly migration of Mongolian gazelle covers a long distance during fall season, and the distance is shorter during the winter. The experts say that it is associated with choosing the wintering place.
WWF-Mongolia initiated wildlife friendly passage national standard (MNS 6515:2015), which was approved in 2015. In order to mitigate a threat from fragmentation and proper implementation of the standard, WWF-Mongolia aimed to scientifically designate potential locations of wildlife crossings along the railroad to be built through Eastern Mongolia that would cut the main habitat of Mongolian gazelle, the long-distance migrating ungulate, into 4 fragments.    
Under this effort, WWF-Mongolia specialists put satellite tracking collars on 24 individuals of Mongolian gazelle in 2017 and 2018. Moreover, specialists conducting monthly monitoring along the proposed railroad line for last 12 months to identify the overlapped important sites for Mongolian gazelle with proposed railroad, such as calving sites, connectivity areas that facilitates migration of the large herd. Our next step is to develop recommendation for the government that provided exactly where and how many wildlife friendly passage should be built according to the standard along the proposed railroad. We already provided local administration with our recommendation from last 8-month results of monitoring in April 2019.         
Also WWF-Mongolia experts analyzed 3.5 years of data and found that our 24 collared gazelles are within the range of 247,380.23 km2 in Khentii, Dornod, Sukhbaatar and Dornogobi provinces. Average monthly migration of Mongolian gazelle covers a long distance during fall season, and the distance is shorter during the winter. The experts say that it is associated with choosing the wintering place.
Experts compiled and analyzed all the tracking data for a period from January 2017 to December 2018. According to the reports, migration of Mongolian gazelle in trans-boundary areas has been confirmed. Over the course of this period, three collared Mongolian gazelle migrated across Russia and one to China, and two returned to Mongolia after a certain period of time. Therefore, it is necessary to introduce and implement optimal management of trans-boundary migratory routes.
Average monthly migration of Mongolian gazelle covers a long distance during fall season, and the distance is shorter during the winter.
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