Association GOVIIN KHULAN
Protecting the endangered Mongolian Khulan and its habitat
in partnership with local rangers and communities
to reach a better harmony between nature, animals and humans
The Mongolian Khulan is an endangered species
Монгол Хулан маш ховор байна!
Status of the Mongolian Khulan/Mongolian Wild Ass (Equus hemionus hemionus)
Our objectives: a) enhance knowledge on behavioral ecology of the endangered Mongolian Khulan; its relations with other species (wild and domestic) and human activities; and nature and degree of threats affecting this species's survival, b) protect the endangered Mongolian Khulan and its fragile habitat, c) improve relations between humans and khulans, and d) conserve biodiversity, in partnership with local rangers and communities,
to reach a better harmony between nature, animals and humans.
24.10.2013: "Mongolian Khulan are disappearing at an alarming rate" IPS News Agency
Watering holes dug by khulans at dry river beds can be used by several other wild species even by domestic species to drink!
Did you know that the Mongolian khulan / Wild Ass can dig holes at dry riverbeds and water sources in the Gobi Desert to access to
subsurface water and then drink?
This behavior is very helpful for khulans, especially during hot summers in the Gobi Desert (photo bellow: a Mongolian Khulan increasing a hole dug at a dry river bed during the night / June 2013. Photo obtained with a trail camera Bushnell / © Anne-Camille Souris).
Watering holes dug by khulans can be also used by domestic livestock (cows, camels, horses; ...) and wild species (argali, gazelle, wolf, fox, ...) to drink and also by humans.
To see more photos and photos of other species drinking at holes dug by khulans we observed in June 2013 as well as in 2008 and 2012, and to learn more about our project “trail cameras in support to Mongolian Khulan protection”, please follow the link bellow.
These photos of several species using holes dug by khulans to drink and obtained with trail cameras have never been published before.
Thus, Mongolian khulans can also help other species sharing the same habitat to access to water and drink, especially during hot summers.
Trail cameras - June 2013 - first results
During the field trip that has been conducted in June 2013, Anne-Camille used again some trail cameras. Anne-Camille is actually analyzing all photos we obtained with our trail
To know more about our project "trail cameras in support to protection of the Mongolian Khulan", please follow this link: "trail cameras / Khulan protection".
To discover some of the photos and results we obtained with our trail cameras in June 2013, as well as about other research we conducted, please follow this link: "research 2013".
Anne-Camille SOURIS received an award that recognizes her strong involvement in Mongolian Khulan/Mongolian Wild Ass protection / May 2013
During a conference Anne-Camille Souris gave at the Alliance Française of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, on May 25, 2013, she received - from Mr. Damdinsuren S. Director of the Mongolian Foundation for Protection of Animal Rights - an award for her involvement in Mongolian Khulan/Wild Ass conservation: "Амьтанд ээлтэй хүн"/"person who is involved in protection of animals/who loves animals". Anne-Camille is the first foreigner to have received this award in Mongolia.
An award that Anne-Camille also dedicates to our local partners, rangers and families who are locally involved in our project since 2008, to local communities for their support, to our worldwide partners and financial partners thanks to whom we have been able to develop our program to protect the endangered Mongolian Khulan and that is now recognized in Mongolia and worldwide.
Video of Mongolian khulans
early morning (trail camera)
More videos and photos will be posted here.
Article about the Asiatic Wild Ass
An article about the Asiatic Wild Ass and its mongolian sub-species, the Mongolian Khulan - written by Anne-Camille Souris, president and research Director of GOVIIN KHULAN, has been published in the number 7 (March to May 2013) of the scientific magazine about natural history ESPECES.
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The Association GOVIIN KHULAN
The Association GOVIIN KHULAN is a French non-profit organization co-founded in November 2007 by Anne-Camille SOURIS, ethologist, who is studying Mongolian wild Equids in Mongolia since 2003. First and actually the only NGO in Mongolia principally dedicated to the endangered Mongolian Khulan / Mongolian Wild Ass (Equus hemionus hemionus) protection.
The Mongolian Khulan also known as Mongolian Wild Ass (Equus hemionus hemionus) - which is one of the 5 recognized sub-species of the Asiatic Wild Ass and the largest population of this species in the world - is listed as "Endangered" in the IUCN Red List and in Appendix I of the CITES (Convention of Washington). The population of the Mongolian Khulan has known an important decrease of about 50% since the end of the 1990's.
Our organization’s aims are to:
-enhance knowledge on the Mongolian Khulan's behavioral ecology, its relations with other species (wild and domestic) and human activities, and nature and degree of threats affecting this specie's survival,
-enhance protection of the endangered Mongolian Khulan and its habitat in partnership with local rangers and communities,
-to improve relations between humans and khulans,
-directly involve rangers and local communities in our project to protect this sub-species and its habitat and make local people "citizen conservationists/scientists",
-provide local rangers, conservationists citizens and Buddhist monks partners of our organization, with technical, material and professional support, as well as to employ some rangers at full-time and at part-time all year round,
-inform, raise public awareness, and educate young generations in Mongolia, local and international citizens to protect wild species and environement, and to better manage natural resources. In the southeast Gobi some of these actions are conducted in partnership with schools and Buddhist monasteries,
-reinforce links between Mongolian culture and traditions with protection of the Mongolian Khulan, other wild species and environment,
-as well as to provide support to local communities to develop new economic opportunities in alternative of illegal hunting and trade of wildlife and motivate them to take care about biodiversity of the place where they live.
Our actions are mainly conducted in the southeast Gobi, in Mongolia (east of the Umnugobi and south of the Dornogobi aimags/provinces), where there were less actions towards this species protection.
Since the beginning, we cooperate with local scientists and specialists, local authorities, rangers, governors of each administrative subdivision, schools, Buddhist monasteries and the local population of our study area.
Since the summer 2008, we have secured support from some local rangers, local governments, some schools, two Buddhist monasteries and the local community of the south of the Dornogobi aimag.
Local people involvement and local cooperation are both vital for an optimal approach for this project and its long term success.
Since the spring 2011, our organization is an approved partner and recipient of 1% for the Planet, in which 1% member businesses on every continent can give at least 1% of their top-lines sales to environmental charities like ours.
To know more about:
the Mongolian Khulan
Why "GOVIIN KHULAN" ? "Khulan" is the mongolian name of this sub-species, and "Govi" means the Gobi in mongolian language, thus, "Goviin Khulan" means the Khulan of the Gobi.
We heartily thank Miss UNDRAKH Turmunkh for the superb new logo she benevolently created for our organization beginning of 2011! To discover the meaning and the symbols of our Logo, click here!