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[Project name/title]
Ecology and Conservation of the Long-eared jerboa in Mongolia's Gobi Desert


[Project description/overview]


Location:
Gobi desert, Mongolia

Project type:
Conservation

Relevant EDGE species:
Five-toed Pygmy Jerboa (Cardiocranius paradoxus)
Thick-tailed Pygmy Jerboa (Salpingotus crassicauda)
Long-eared Jerboa (Euchoreutes naso)

Project members:
Jonathan Baillie
Uuganbadrakh Oyunkhishig




Relevant species
. Five-toed Pygmy Jerboa (Cardiocranius paradoxus) DD

[Relevance description]
Despite being mainly focused on the long-eared jerboa, the study will also assess competition for resources between the five-toed pygmy jerboa and the long-eared jerboa, as well as identifying causes of population decline in both species.
. Thick-tailed Pygmy Jerboa (Salpingotus crassicauda) DD

[Relevance description]
Although the primary focus of this study is the long-eared jerboa, it will also examine the effect of habitat loss on the thick-tailed pygmy jerboa.
1373. Long-eared Jerboa (Euchoreutes naso) LC

This small jumping rodent can be distinguished from other jerboas by its enormous ears.

[Relevance description]
The survey is mainly focused on the long-eared jerboa.
Aims
The aim of this project is to determine the population status and distribution of the long-eared jerboa ( Euchoreutes naso) within the Little Gobi Strictly Protected Area and develop a Conservation Action Plan containing detailed management recommendations for the species and its habiat.
 
Project summary
This project is designed to identify the habitat requirements and habitat preferences of the Long-eared jerboa, further it will determine the population density of the species within different types of habitats. Population parameters and analysis of the main threats facing the jerboas will also be analysed. In order to establish the relationship between the Long-eared jerboa and other species within the Gobi ecosystem, a study of the composition of the small mammal community within the protected area will also take place. This study will also measure the food availability for E. naso.
 
Timescales
Start date: April 2007
Duration: One year (with the possibility of extending to two years)
Project members
Prof. Jonathan Baillie : Scientific advisor

Jonathan is the Conservation Programmes Director at ZSL and manages the EDGE of Existence Project.

[Member role description]

Uuganbadrakh is from Mongolia and working to conserve the long-eared jerboa

[Member role description]
Donors
EDGE Fellowship Porgramme
Wildlife Conservation Society $10 000
 
Links
 
[Title:] Species
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A long-eared jerboa
[Title:] Project site
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Habitat of the Long-eared jerboa
Associated Blog Posts
25th Mar 10
Uuganbadrakh Oyunkhishig, EDGE Fellow, has recently arrived in the UK, and will be working with ZSL for the next month on an internship scheme funded by the ...  Read

9th Jul 09
It is not long until the second group of EDGE Fellows arrives in the UK for the annual conservation skills training course, so here Uuganbadrakh gives his im...  Read

11th May 09
EDGE Fellow Uuganbadrakh, who is researching the long-eared jerboa in Mongolia's Gobi desert, tells us here about using radio telemetry to track these little...  Read

20th Feb 09
EDGE Fellow Uuganbadrakh recently sent us some information on human impacts on the long-eared jerboa: The Mongolian Gobi desert contains many ancient obje...  Read

15th Apr 08
Our Mongolian EDGE Fellow Uuganbadrakh has just sent us some more information and photos that he has collected while studying the Long-eared jerboa in Mongol...  Read

2nd Apr 08
Our Mongolian EDGE Fellow Uuganbadrah Oyunkhishig sent the EDGE Team some information on how he has been harmlessly capturing Long-eared jerboas to collect...  Read

30th Jan 08
Now that it is winter and the long-eared jerboas are hibernating, our jerboa EDGE Fellow, Uuganbadrakh is concentrating on studying for his Master's e...  Read

17th Jan 08
We were exhausted from having been up all night, but the intense heat made it impossible to sleep.  We rolled up the base of the ger to get some ventilation...  Read

10th Dec 07
Scroll down to find out more about the expedition to Mongolia's Gobi Desert and view the first known footage of the extraordinary long-eared jerboa in it...  Read

13th Nov 07
Our Long-eared jerboa EDGE Fellow Uuganbadrakh has just sent us details of his hibernation study in Mongolia. This illegal mining is near the habitat ...  Read

26th Jul 07
Uuganbadrakh recently took part in a community conservation project in preparation for the community aspect of his fellowship project.  He participated thro...  Read

12th Apr 07
Next month, Uuganbadrakh will travel to the Gobi Strictly Protected Area to design and test the methods he will use to monitor the Endangered long-eared jerb...  Read

27th Feb 07
Uuganbadrakh, our EDGE Fellow in Mongolia, will be trained to handle the long-eared jerboa by Batsaikhan Nyamsuren, a lecturer and mammal expert of the Natio...  Read

19th Jan 07
My name is Uuganbadrakh.Ouynkhishig. I am from northern Mongolia. I used to come to capital city Ulaanbaatar to participate school children competitions. In ...  Read

[Title:] Activities
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A long-eared jerboa being measured before it is returned to the wild.
[Title:] Project partner logo
[Image caption]
Steppe Forward Programme
[Title:] Project donor
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Wildlife Conservation Society