Distributions of Mongolian saiga have been newly defined during a field study



Posted on 07 April 2014  | 
Specialists of Altai Sayan regional office of WWF Mongolia Programme Office conducted a field study
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To define boundaries of Mongolian saiga distribution areas and update its distribution map, specialists of Altai Sayan regional office of WWF Mongolia Programme Office conducted a field study in March. The study was specifically carried in suitable and potential distribution areas of the species. The specialists carried out the field study identified that some individuals of the species have moved back to their historical range. They recorded 29 individuals in a territory of Zavkhan soum of Uvs aimag. The Mongolian saiga disappeared here since 1960s, which indicates that the species is extending its range in to its former habitat.
Also 33 individuals in a territory of Mankhan soum of Khovd aimag. These distribution areas were not marked on the species distribution map. According to the specialists, distribution areas of Saiga antelope population inhabit the areas between Khar-Us lake and Khar lake have been expanded to certain extent and its distribution has been relatively stabilized. Moreover, distribution areas in territories of Khaliun and Sharga soums of Govi-Altai aimag have been expanded and the population distribution has been stabilized. The specialists have updated the saiga distribution map with the field study findings.
Overall, locals report the saiga antelope is unevenly seen in few numbers within the rest of its distribution areas in winter time. For instance, there were some individuals of the species seen in territories of Zereg soum of Khovd aimag and Tonkhil soum of Govi-Altai aimag. However, their locations and distributions in these areas are not stabilized. Thus, these areas are not marked on the species distribution map due to irregular occurrence of the individuals as the specialists informed.
Specialists of Altai Sayan regional office of WWF Mongolia Programme Office conducted a field study
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