WCS 3-Sentence Science

It’s Hard to be a Nomad in Mongolia

May 1, 2019

Each year, Wildlife Conservation Society scientists publish more than 300 peer-reviewed studies and papers. “WCS 3-Sentence Science” is a regular tip-sheet — in bite sized helpings — of some of this published work.

Here we present Kirk Olson’s work on connectivity of Mongolian gazelle movement corridors:

  1. Scientists tracked 22 Mongolian gazelles (Procapra gutturosa) over the vast grasslands of Mongolia for a 1–3 year period using GPS.
  2. They found gazelles avoid human disturbance, and that no single protected area was large enough to contain them, with barriers such as fences posing particular problems to their movements.
  3. Because nomadic species lack defined movement corridors, the authors advocate integrated land use planning that prioritizes permeability and connectivity across the entire landscape to facilitate long-distance movements.

Study and Journal: “Challenges in the conservation of wide-ranging nomadic species” from Journal of Applied Ecology
WCS Co-Author(s): Kirk Olson, WCS Mongolia Program

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