Remote, sparsely populated landscapes have worked to nature’s favor in Mongolia. But technological and economic integration continues a pace around the world, Mongolia will face new challenges as it works to balance sustainable development and wilderness conservation.
Mongolia is situated at the intersection of three distinct ecologies: mountain forests, steppe, and desert. Consequently, the wildlife of this remote country reflects the diversity of habitat. The elusive snow leopard weaves nimbly between mountain crags while on the plains below the critically endangered Mongolian saiga still congregates on the endless steppe. Engagement with traditional communities and values is key to preserving Mongolia’s vast wild places.
Ecologically intact & protected landscapes comprise 50% or more of this country.
Intact landscapes lacking protected status comprise 50% or more of this country.
Between 20-40% of landscapes are still ecologically intact.
Less than 20% of the natural ecology of this area is intact.
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This protected area is remarkable for its petroglyphs, numbering over 10,000, and the diversity of the wildlife that inhabit its valleys and peaks.
Ongoing efforts to reintroduce the once extinct Przewalski’s horse to this area led to its inclusion in Mongolia’s protected area network.
Deep glacial lakes and steaming hot springs dot the land of this protected area, which is also home to an important Buddhist monastary.