NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan’s Affiliation for the Conservation of Biodiversity launched the SOS Goitered Gazelle undertaking to protect endangered goitered gazelles within the nation’s south.
Goitered gazelles are the one kind of gazelles dwelling in Kazakhstan, primarily within the nation’s desert areas.
The inhabitants of goitered gazelles has decreased by practically 90 % over the previous a long time. Almost 200,000 of the creatures used to stay in Kazakhstan however their numbers have fallen to between 13,000 and 15,000, principally as a consequence of poaching and habitat loss. They’re listed within the nation’s Crimson E-book of endangered species.
For the primary time, the undertaking will embody a complete evaluation of gazelle’s inhabitants utilizing totally different methodologies, coupled with fieldwork, monitoring of goitered gazelles by means of satellite tv for pc tags and local people engagement.
Consultants can even research the affect of border fences between Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan on their migration, as it’s identified to forestall their free motion.
“Central Asia could also be thought of synonymous with huge open landscapes by many as a result of it holds a number of the world’s largest intact grasslands and semi-deserts, nevertheless it additionally harbors a number of the largest and highest mountain ranges. As a result of sparse vegetation and water sources, lots of the resident animal species have tailored to a migratory way of life, crossing giant distances to seek out fertile feeding and breeding grounds,” mentioned the IUCN web site.
The undertaking is carried out with the Worldwide Union for Conservation of Nature as a part of the Save Our Species undertaking and can final by means of the autumn of 2021. Launched in 2019, IUCN’s Save Our Species undertaking helps the Central Asian Mammals Initiative (CAMI) created by the Conference on Migratory Species (CMS).