Takhi

Holy Animal of Mongolia


Population Great Gobi B SPA 300 Animals
back home since 1992

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Takhi

Holy Animal of Mongolia


Population Great Gobi B SPA 300 Animals
back home since 1992


read more

Great Gobi B

Biosphere Reserve


Area 18'000 km2
Height
aprox. 1000 Meter above sea level

South-West Mongolia




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Great Gobi B

Biosphere Reserve


Area 18'000 km2
Height
aprox. 1000 Meter above sea level

South-West Mongolia



read more

Takhi

Holy Animal of Mongolia


Population Great Gobi B SPA 300 Animals
back home since 1992

read more

Great Gobi B

Biosphere Reserve


Area 18'000 km2
Height
aprox. 1000 Meter above sea level

South-West Mongolia



read more

Takhi

Holy Animal of Mongolia


Population Great Gobi B SPA 300 Animals
back home since 1992

read more

Great Gobi B

Biosphere Reserve


Area 18'000 km2
Height
aprox. 1000 Meter above sea level

South-West Mongolia

read more

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Population Growth

Successful despite several Setbacks

Population Growth since 1992



In 1992 reintroduction of the Takhi in the Great Gobi B Strictly Protected Area started near the place, where the last free-roaming Przewalski's Horse had been seen in the sixties of the last century. Until 2004 Takhis were transported form European zoos to Takhin tal on a regular basis.

Ever since the population developed mainly through offspring, intra-mongolian exchange-programmes and again newly transported zoo-animals since 2012 in order to increase genetic variability.

In December 2019, 276 Takhi were roaming the Great Gobi B SPA, 55 of which were foals. 17 animals died during 2019. Rangers reported 24 harems and 2 bachelor groups.
In early 2020, 77 mares were identified as pregnant, the first foal was born on April 8th. On June 11th, another milestone was reached: for the first time since the Takhi were extinct in the wild in the 1960s, 300 Takhi were again roaming the Great Gobi B SPA.

Dzud - a Challenge for Humans and Wildlife

In winter 2000/01 and 2009/10 Takhis had to withstand severe weather conditions, which lead to a massive decrease in their population. 2009/10 the weather phenomenon known as dzud caused a dry summer in the Gobi B, followed by a winter with temperatures down to 40° Celsius and a compact snow cover measuring up to one metre. This had most serious consequences - only  48 takhi of the population of 137 takhi survived. Please read our report here.

From a scientific point of view, these winters lead to an intensive natural selection, which may have a positive effect in the future. However, such extreme weather conditions may not occur too often if the wild horses should survive in the Great Gobi B in the long term.