Horse Conservation

Citizen Scientists are needed to help monitor the wild horses of Mongolia and ensure their survival. Since this is a conservation program, you work with scientists!

The Takhi, Mongolian for “spirit”, are a rare and endangered subspecies of wild horse native to the steppes of central Asia. They are the last remaining breed of truly wild horse and are an important part of Mongolian culture and a symbol of their national heritage. At one time the Takhi roamed freely from Mongolia and China in the east, to as far as France in the west. Loss of habitat gradually limited their range to the steppes along the Mongolia-China border. This is where they were “discovered” in 1881 by the Russian colonel and explorer Nikolai Przhevalsky who had embarked on an expedition to find the horses, based on rumors of their existence. The horse was named after him, and they are known outside Mongolia as Przewalski’s horses.

Our partner oversees the Tahki in Hustai National Park, which is located about 95 km west of the capital city of Ulaanbaatar. Their mission is to conserve the ecosystems and biodiversity in the park, protect historical stone monuments, build up the wild Takhi population, organize national and international workshop and meetings, and develop eco tourism to support the local communities around the park. And they need your help! Volunteers work side by side with the researchers, helping to collect information about the Tahki. You will be observing the horses in the field, noting their behavior, the growth of the foals, and their numbers and distribution. The data and information collected by eco-volunteers is used by the resident biologists and researchers to help them manage the reintroduction of Takhi into the wild, and to aid the study and protection of the forest-steppe ecosystem. Immerse yourself in a truly Mongolian experience, living in a traditional felt yurt in camp, while you help protect this endangered and amazing species.

Suitable for

Couples
Singles
Groups

Typical day

Standard volunteer activities include daily monitoring of the Tahki harem. This includes observing the behaviour of the bachelor horses, the growth and behaviour of the foals, and the population and distribution of the horses. Twice a month volunteers also help count the number of wildlife in the park and monitor vegetation. Other activities available to volunteers include riding horses at the camp, participating in day trips and teaching English.

Program Requirements

Minimum Age
18 years
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Health Declaration
required
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

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Horse Conservation Takhi, Mongolian Wild Horses. A volunteer out hiking looking for takhi. Takhi on the Mongolian steppe. The scientific research base. Monuments in UB, Mongolia's capital.

Free-time activities

During the weekends the volunteers can spend time hiking through the Mongolian steppes, visiting Mongolian nomadic families, going to the capital city to see museums and take part in cultural activities.

Concert/Music
Climbing
Hiking
Museum/Opera
Riding

Services

What's included?
Airport pick up and drop off (from the airport in Ulaanbaatar), accommodation, meals, on-site training, donation to Placement Partner, Day trips to tour a national park, tour the capital city and / or visit a local nomadic family, AEI Travel Manual, Partner Organization’s volunteer handbook, $10 Credit in our Zazzle store (towards the purchase of recycled water bottles, reusable bags, etc), American and Canadian clients get 50% off at the online AEI IceBreaker store, Emergency support while at Placement, Carbon credits to offset 3 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, Premium Individual Travel Insurance (up to $500, 000 USD in emergency medical coverage), Travel discounts (through automatic membership to a volunteer only travel discount program), 24/7 Travel and emergency assistance.
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.
Airport Pickup

Pick up and drop off from the international airport.

Accommodation

While in Husai National Park, volunteers stay in shared yurts at the location of the project. Accommodation is comfortable but simple. The camp is equipped with a shower, toilet and restaurant. Electricity is available at this location, however cell phone signal is limited. There is no internet access on-site, however when in Ulaanbaatar there are internet cafés available. Three meals will be provided for you each day.

Guesthouse Camping
Food & Beverages

All meals are provided, vegetarian and vegan food is available!

Internet Access
Sorry, no access at the project site
Costs
2 weeks (min. stay)
$1400
3 weeks
$1617
4 weeks
$1833
5 weeks
$2050
6 weeks
$2267
7 weeks
$2483
8 weeks (max. stay)
$2700

You can volunteer at the project site in Hustai National Park/Mongolia between 2 weeks and 8 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Animal Experience International (AEI) will tell you your final price during your application process.
Average Fees
$519/week
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 Animal Experience International (AEI) during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Visa Regulations
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for Mongolia. Please check the visa regulations for Mongolia.
Budgeting
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Mongolia.

What's next?

Airport
The nearest airport is Ulaangom (ULO) in Ulaangom. 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.
Vaccine Checker
If you are intending to volunteer in Mongolia you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Mongolia.
Packing List
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Hustai National National Park, Hustai National Park, Mongolia