The first musk deer survey was held in "The Sources of the Amur River" in Mongolia
The edge of the musk deer home range is located in Onon-Balj National Park. On 5-6 March Russian and Mongolian colleagues from two protected areas organized joint activities to search and count musk deer in key parts of this territory. A small mountain massif Bayan-Khan was surveyed. It is located in the area of the confluence of the Balj and Kirkun Rivers. The part of the mountain range on the right bank of the Onon River was examined as well. Compare to Sokhondo Nature Reserve where musk deer count is conducted on a regular basis, the census on the territory of the Onon-Balj was organized for the first time, and the experience of Russian experts was very useful.
The joint team of experts was divided into two groups: on foot and on horses. They surveyed the whole mountain massif in search of musk deer tracks. The territory of survey is hard for any passages. There are sharp slopes, altitude changes and lack of trails. The work took the whole day.
Sokhondo Nature Reserve is a reserve for musk deer, which has become a rare species in Zabaikalsky province due to the poachers’ snares. Thanks to protection regime, its number increases and, according to Evgeny Malkov, is not less than 700 individuals.