Wildlife of the
Mongolian Steppe




In the thermal air currents rising from the barren stony land of the Gobi dessert, a couple of small raptors drifted lazily aloft. As we stared at the pair through binoculars and cameras in the shade of our small Russian van, one of them dropped down to a crevice - perched high in a rocky pinnacle. In a flash, the bird was fluttering about to and fro, its leg ensnared in a small nylon lasso that had been placed there earlier in the morning.

Pujee dashed off to get the bird before it injured itself. A few minutes later, the Mongolian biology student returned smiling broadly – holding a small, female Lesser Kestral. After measuring, weighting and banding the feathery hunter, she was released and flew off unharmed. Then the quest started once again to find and tag another raptor. We captured three kestrels that morning… it was a good day!

The Gobi. Straddling northern China and Mongolia, it’s the coldest, most northern and fourth largest desert in the world! It is also home to the largest cinereous vultures in Asia, long eared jerboa, wild argali sheep, locusts, vipers and much more.

In the summer of 2008, Montreal photographer and adventurer Frederic Hore spent seven weeks travelling through the Russian Far East and Mongolia. As part of that trip, he worked for two weeks as a volunteer on an Earthwatch Institute research project - studying, observing and tracking the diverse wildlife that inhabits the vast Mongolian Steppe at the Ikh Nart Nature Reserve.

A vibrant and colourful ninety-minute presentation, this Nature show features the wildlife and people that inhabit this unique land, enhanced by folkloric Mongolian music.

It's a journey into a remote desert... unlike any other!

Created and produced by Montreal adventure photographer

Frederic Hore

Not to be missed!


 

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