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Buuveibaatar Bayarbaatar


  • Researcher
  • EDGE Fellow Alumnus
[General description section]
Bayarbaatar Buuveibaatar, known as Buuvei, completed his Undergraduate and Master's degrees at the National University of Mongolia he is currently studying for a second Master’s degree at the Department of Natural Resources Conservation, University of Massachusetts, in the US. Buuvei has studied a variety of Mongolian species, including the Mongolian gazelle (Procapra gutturosa), Siberian marmot (Marmota sibirica) and Saiga antelope (Saiga tatarica).

The Mongolian saiga has long been isolated from the more numerous populations in Kazakhstan and Russia by the Altai Mountains. They occur at low densities but across a wide area of the western Mongolian Gobi steppe-desert. The population of Mongolian saiga has declined dramatically in recent years, but the most recent estimates suggest that the population has rebounded somewhat and may now number over 5,000 individuals.

Among the many factors that affect population size and fluctuations are reproduction and survival. The recruitment of juveniles is a major factor in the population dynamics of all mammals, yet nothing is known about the role that they play in the dynamics of saiga. Nothing is known about the proportion of females giving birth each year, about the rate of calves’ survival. There is a vital need to obtain essential data on the saiga population to develop and implement adequate protection measures that would ensure that the Mongolian saiga can continue to fully recover in the wild.

During his EDGE Fellowship Buuvei aims to fill this knowledge gap by evaluating the survival and mortality of saiga calves in Mongolia. Specifically, Buuvei will capture saiga calves which will allow him to weigh and measure them. He will then release the calves after having fitted them with a radio-collar. This will enable him to assess the calves survival rate and monitor their movement from a distance to avoid disturbance.
Department of Natural Resources Conservation, University of Massachusetts, USA
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MSc student
ZSL, EDGE Fellowship programme: EDGE Fellow Alumni

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One of the world's fastest animals, the distinctive saiga can reach speeds of up to 80 km/h.

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Associated Blog Posts
1st Feb 11
EDGE Fellow Bayarbaatar Buuveibaatar, known as Buuvei has sent in his latest update on the progress of his saiga research in Mongolia. The saiga (Saiga tat...  Read

20th Apr 10
This year, Mongolia is affected by a “dzud”, a natural disaster consisting of a summer drought, followed by heavy snowfall with extreme cold temperatures...  Read

17th Jul 09
EDGE supports Mongolian conservationist Buuvei through the EDGE Fellows programme to research threats to saiga. Here is an account of his most recent fieldwo...  Read

3rd Apr 09
EDGE Fellow Bayarbaatar Buuveibaatar, a young scientist engaged in saiga research and conservation activities in his home country of Mongolia, has been award...  Read

4th Feb 09
While we have all been enjoying the unusual amounts of snow in the UK, one of our EDGE Fellows, Buuvei, has been braving much more severe winter conditions t...  Read

9th Sep 08
Buuvei, one of our Mongolian EDGE Fellows spent most of August in the field studying the effect of domestic dogs on saiga antelope. He sent us the following ...  Read

24th Jul 08
Buuvei is an EDGE Fellow researching the effect of domestic dogs on Mongolian saiga calf mortality - he sent us this update on his work: Mongolian saiga (...  Read

27th Jun 08
I am happy to welcome our newest EDGE Fellow, Buuvei, who will be researching the saiga antelope in Mongolia. Buuvei sent the following information to introd...  Read

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