Wild Takhi Research & Conservation

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founded in 2010
Coordinator | Patrick
Coordinator | Patrick
Take this opportunity to work alongside wildlife Researchers & Biologists in Mongolia to conserve one of the world’s rarest & endangered species of Horses, the Takhi's! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Take this amazing opportunity to work along with wildlife Researchers and Biologists in the Tov Province located in Mongolia! Assist by collecting data and information on one of the world’s rarest and endangered species of Horses, the Wild Takhi a.k.a Przewalskis Horses!

Wild Przelwaski horses were extinct at one point in time. It was reported that the last Przewalski horse was seen around the year of 1966. Most horses that were classified as ‘wild’ such as the American Mustang were descendants of a certain species of horse known as ‘Feral Horses’. These horses are known to be free-roaming horses of domesticated ancestry that further escaped and adapted to living in the wild. Przewalskis horses on the other hand, has never been domesticated thus making it the only specie that is truly wild in the world today! 
The main objective of the project is to obtain voluntary support and contribution from volunteers around the world to aid the worthwhile research/work on adaptation, biological and ethological issues of the wild Takhi reintroduction, field ecosystem research and other activities. Volunteer for a minimum of 1 week up to a maximum of 4 weeks at this great project in Mongolia! Get in close contact with these magnificent wild creatures, monitor their behavior & growth, collect data on their habitat and the surrounding flora and fauna population and not forgetting, go on Horse Rides over Mongolia’s vast and beautiful landscapes! 

Typical day

The main objective of this program is intended to get willing support and contribution from volunteers around the world to aid the valuable work/research on adaptation, biological and ethological issues of the reintroduction of Wild Przewalski Horses, field ecosystem research and other activities taking place at the project. The data and information collected by the volunteers is used by the resident biologists and researchers to help them manage the reintroduction of Przewalskis/Takhi into the wild, and to aid the study and protection of the forest-steppe ecosystem.  Moreover, volunteers will be given an insight into the traditional, nomadic way of living of the Mongolian people.Some of your daily duties includes:

  • Collet data on the Horse Harem/Herd and weather.
  • Supply data to biologists and researchers to help them manage the reintroduction of Takhi into the wild, and to aid the study and protection of the forest ecosystem.
  • Apart from the horses, collect basic information on the surrounding Flora and Fauna population and density.
  • Monitor the Horses behavior, growth and use of their habitat.
  • Involvement in the buffer zone research

Free-time activities

Volunteers will work from 6 AM to 12 PM, 5 days per week. Afternoons are free and during weekends, there will be city tours and visiting of local nomadic families!

The project is located in Mongolia. It extends through the Khentii Mountains and includes the western edge of the Mongolian steppe at the boundaries of Altanbulag, Argalant and Bayankhangai Soums of Töv Province. The Project is also a national Park and is about 100 km from the capital city of Ulaanbaatar to the west.
There will be many opportunities to go horse riding, wildlife watching or even visit local nomadic families and learn the Mongolian Culture and way of life!


Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Required Documents
CV, Resume, Letter of Motivation, Two pics and Signed Policies and Liability form
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 06:00 - 12:00

Included Services

Services by Fronteering Travel

The Fee includes:

  • Accommodation - Volunteers will be staying in a Ger which is a traditional living tent used by Mongolians. During the cold weathers, a room with a heating system will be provided instead.
  • Meals - Volunteers will be provided with 3 meals a day. The project tries to accommodate vegetarians and other dietary restrictions. Volunteers are advised to notify us of such restrictions for meal and grocery planning.
  • Airport Pick up -The Coordinators will be waiting for you at the airport and transfer you to your accommodation on the project site.
  • Horse Riding - Dependent on riding assessment, length of stay and other activities planned during the week.  Efforts will be made for riding, however, a form containing guidelines will be given to volunteers to read and signed before any riding can be done. The project will not be held responsible for any careless incidents.
  • Ongoing service and 24/7 Emergency Contact

Airport Pickup at Chinggis Khaan International Airport

You will arrive in Ulan Bator where you will be met at the airport and transferred to your accommodation at the project


Volunteers live in Shared accommodation in a traditional Mongolian Ger (Nomadic style tent used by mongolians) on the project site each with two separate beds. During the cold weathers, a room with a heating system will be provided instead. Laundry will be done by the project however, there’s a fee attached for this service. Things like plates, glasses, pots and pans, bedding, etc. are all provided so you will not need to bring anything of that nature.

Dorm Room Camping
Food & Beverages

Three meals a day included during your entire stay. The project tries to accommodate vegetarians and other dietary restrictions.  Volunteers are advised to notify us of such restrictions for meal and grocery planning (Due to the project’s remote location, this is essential).

Internet Access
Sorry, no access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Chinggis Khaan International Airport (ULN) in Ulaanbaatar. We assist you to find cheap flights to Mongolia.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Mongolia provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Mongolia you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Mongolia.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

There are no specific start or arrival dates however, we recommend that you start the project on a Monday.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1 - 4 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
$ 1,195
2 weeks
$ 1,695
3 weeks
$ 2,395
4 weeks (max. stay)
$ 2,795
Average fees
$ 947 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Fronteering Travel will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Fronteering Travel during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or cash at arrival at the project site.

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