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More than 60 Red deer have found a new home

11 july 2022
In early July, the fourth release of the Bukhara deer took place in the Ile-Balkhash State Nature Reserve
The Ministry of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources of the Republic of Kazakhstan together with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) have completed the next annual release of the red book animal into the wild, in the amount of 61 individuals. To date, taking into account the first releases of Tugai or Bukhara deer, held since 2019, there are more than 150 individuals.
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"The release of ungulates into the nature of the Ile-Balkhash Reserve has become an annual tradition. And despite the fact that this is the fourth such event in a row, we are still watching with great impatience and trepidation a unique event not only for the Southern Balkhash region, but also for the entire wildlife of Kazakhstan," says Director of the WWF Central Asian Program Grigory Mazmanyants.
Grigory Mazmanyants told to (information partner of WWF) more about the release and the program of the tiger's return to Kazakhstan
In the release zone, experts installed camera traps to monitor deer that have gone out into nature. Camera traps are required to monitor the movement of animals after they find themselves in free living conditions. The locations of the cameras are selected in such a way as to record their possible passages with the greatest probability.

In addition to camera traps, satellite collars are used to strengthen control over the deer population. The collar is light in weight and is put on the animal without any difficulty. The transmitters are securely hidden inside the case and do not protrude out anywhere, so that nothing can damage them and cause any discomfort to the beast.
"The return of the Bukhara deer to the Southern Balkhash region is an important stage of the tiger reintroduction program. Just four years ago, five deer settled for the first time on the territory of the reserve, the figure is growing every year. Today there are 150 of them," said Aliya Shalabekova, Vice Minister of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources of the Republic of Kazakhstan.


Bukhara deer was widely distributed in the Balkhash district of Almaty region, but at the beginning of the XX century the ungulate disappeared from the fauna of the Southern Balkhash region, and later in Kazakhstan as a whole. The animal is listed in the International Red Book and the Red Book of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and is also protected under the UN Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals. To date, the world population of the Bukhara deer is only about 4,000 individuals.

The program of the tiger's return to Kazakhstan is designed for many years. It is implemented by the Forestry and Wildlife Committee of the Ministry of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources of the Republic of Kazakhstan with the support of WWF Russia, as well as the UNDP program in Kazakhstan.
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Director of the Central Asian Program Office of WWF-Russia