My research work is applied to conservation of the Mongolian Khulan (Equus hemionus hemionus) - sub-species of the Asiatic Wild Ass, and are conducted since 2006 in the south and southeast Gobi, Mongolia.
My research work is on the following topics:
- behavioral ecology of the Mongolian Khulan (social behavior, water sources use, watering behavior, ...),
- nature of interactions between khulans/wild asses, other species (wild and domestic) and human activities, at water sources and in the surroundings;
- nature of relations between humans, herders and khulans,
- nature and impact of threats affecting survival of the Mongolian Khulan.
During the mission that was conducted for 3 weeks in the Gobi, I used again some trail cameras to collect further information about the Mongolian Khulan/Mongolian Wild Ass but also about other species sharing the same habitat.
Because it has been difficult to find and observe khulans during this field trip, only few photos were obtained. However, the photos that I obtained will provide us with very important information that will also complement information we obtained in 2012.
Thanks to this field trip we have been also able to determine some important and pertinent places where to set up again our trail cameras in the near
Among the important information we collected with our trail cameras during the mission conducted in June 2013, we have found – thanks to our direct observations of fresh tracks and thanks to photos we obtained with one of our trail cameras we did set up at a dry river bed – that several wild animals used a hole dug at a dry river bed by a khulan to drink during the day and also at night.
Wild species observed drinking or near a hole dug by a khulan at a dry river bed (see photos bellow):
-Mongolian khulan/Mongolian wild ass (Equus hemionus hemionus),
-Black-tailed gazelle (Gazella subgutturosa),
-Fox (Vulpes corsac),
-Wolf (Canis lupus),
-Argali/wild sheep (Ovis ammon),
-and vulture (Aegypius monachus).
The Mongolian khulan was observed drinking at this hole during the day and also at night. The Mongolian khulan has been also observed at night increasing the hole with one of its front hoof.
Thanks to the trail cameras we used in
2012 it has been possible to determine that domestic horses also used hole dug by khulans at a dry river bed to drink. While during the summer 2008 we directly observed cows
drinking at holes dug by khulans at a dry river bed (see photos bellow).
First video of Mongolian wild asses/Mongolian khulans, drinking in early morning (05:13 a.m) at watering holes made by khulans at a dry river bed to access to water located underground.
This video has been obtained in July 2012, in the southeast Gobi (Dornogobi aimag, Mandakh sum), thanks to a trail camera (BUSHNELL Trophy Cam) I used as part of my research on the Mongolian Khulan behavioral ecology.
The original video duration is 60'.
Research conducted with the Association GOVIIN KHULAN
Images captured from videos obtained thanks to BUSHNELL trail cameras I used as part of my research work on the Mongolian Khulan behavioral ecology during the summer 2012, with the Association GOVIIN KHULAN.