Supporting local is at the heart of what we do and at the centre of each experience we offer. Working in this way means we have have personally come into contact with some remarkable Mongolian people working at a grass roots level in conservation and wildlife protection. We have spent time experiencing
their way of life as they show us the more hidden side to their home and the challenges they face. These people are the motivation behind our conservation trips.
We collaborate very closely with the Association Goviin Khulan NGO. Since 2008 the Association Goviin Khulan has worked in the eastern part of Mongolia’s Gobi Desert to enhance protection of the Mongolian khulan (Mongolian wild ass) and its habitat in partnership with localprotected areas' staff and
communities.This includes arranging conservation and wildlife training for my EL trip assistants.
Roughly 17% of Mongolia's vast landmass has some form of environmental protection. This short itinerary will give you an understanding of the different levels of protection - from national parks to biosphere reserves, nature reserves to locally protected areas. It will also give you a taste of the diversity of Mongolia’s natural habitats and will allow you to experience people-centred conservation - such as at the family run Gobi Oasis Tree Planting Project that has been operating for over 35 years.
Khustai National Park is one of three locations chosen for the re-introduction of the endemic Przewalski horse– the only wild horse to survive in modern times and known as Takhi in Mongolian. Khustain is one of the success stories of environmental protection in Mongolia although it is facing frequent challenges. These two day may help to provide you with a better understanding of the biodiversity of Khustai - its people, landscapes and wildlife.
Travel with Anne Marie Souris - an ethnologist and founder and lead researcher of Association Goviin Khulan. The Mongolian Khulan (Equus hemionus hemionus) is one of the 5 recognised sub-species of the Asiatic Wild Ass and represents the largest population of this species in the world.
Gain an understanding into the true wild Gobi - specifically the ecology of the little visited Dorngobi (east Gobi) region. Goviin Khulan practice people-centred conservation and during this journey as well as learning more about the wildlife of the Gobi Desert you will meet the local people such as Buddhist monks and nomadic herders who are are partners in conservation.
Gobi Conservation & Research - 2017 itinerary. 2018 TBC