Bayarbaatar Buuveibaatar

  • Project name: Effects of domestic dogs on Mongolian saiga
  • Project site: Shargyn Gobi, Mongolia
  • EDGE species: Saiga antelope Saiga tatarica
  • Active: 2008 - 2009


Bayarbaatar Buuveibaatar, known as Buuvei, completed his Undergraduate and Master’s degrees at the National University of Mongolia, and currently works as a wildlife biologist at the Institute of Biology, Mongolian Academy of Sciences, where he has been since 2004. Here Buuvei has studied a variety of Mongolian species, including the Mongolian gazelle (Procapra gutturosa), Siberian marmot (Marmota sibirica) and saiga antelope (Saiga tatarica).

EDGE Project

Buuvei aimed to understand the level of risk posed by domestic dogs to saiga, to contribute towards the species’ conservation efforts. Specifically, Buuvei carried out herder interviews, studied spatial patterns of birth sites, and investigated the relationship between recruitment of calves and dog presence to:

  • Assess perceptions and beliefs by dog owners in the saiga range
  • Evaluate effect of dogs on spatial pattern of the birth site
  • Determine interaction between free-roaming dogs and saiga


  • Buuvei was awarded a scholarship from the Sidney Byers Scholarship for Wildlife Conservation, administered by the Wildlife Conservation Network (WCN)

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