Monday, 13 November 2017

Bringing back large herbivores to the steppes

For the first time in more than a century, kulan -- or Asiatic wild ass -- are now roaming the central steppes of Kazakhstan

Date:  November 7, 2017
Source:  Norwegian Institute for Nature Research

On 24th October 2017, the first group of nine kulan (Asiatic wild ass) was released into an acclimatization enclosure on the edge of the Altyn Dala protected area in central Kazakhstan. The animals had been transported 1200 km by helicopter from Altyn Emel National Park in the southeast of the country. They will be released in early spring. This is the first step in a multi-year project that aims to restore the full range of large herbivores to this unique area of steppe habitat.

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