Transboundary Altai mountain sheep census started by Russia and Mongolia
Employees of environmental organizations of Russia and Mongolia will
work simultaneously in transboundary zone on both sides of the border in Argali
habitats. This tactic prevents double counting of the same individuals of a
single herd of rare ungulates divided by state borders.
In Russia, the census participants are: in the Altai Republic on the Saylyugem and Chikhachev ridges - the Saylyugem National Park, the Altai Reserve, the Committee for the Protection, Use and Reproduction of Wildlife Objects, in the Tuva Republic on the Mongun-Taiga ridge - the Ubsunurskaya Kotlovina Reserve and the Tyva Natural Park. From Mongolian side, the Argali census is being conducted by a joint team from WWF-Mongolia, Altai Tavan Bogd Protected Area Administration, the Department of Environment and Tourism of Uvs province, and local volunteer rangers from Sagil and Bukhmurun soums, Uvs province.
The results of the census will be announced in December 2021. Based on
the results, nature conservationists will assess the effectiveness of
environmental protection measures. Today, the main threats to argali are
poaching for the sake of a trophy, climate change, and habitat changes.
Altai argali transboundary census in 2017, by Ivan Usanov
Altai mountain sheep is a migratory species. According to WWF data, the results of the latest full-scale international surveys of argali in 2019 prove that the number of Altai mountain sheep in the transboundary zone of Russia and Mongolia has grown by 166 individuals since 217 and amounted to 4841 individuals. On the territory of Mongolia, experts counted 3420 mountain sheep, in Russia 1421, of which 1304 in the Altai Republic, 117 in the Tyva Republic.