April 2016, a team from the Minnesota Zoo helped deploy GPS tracking collars on Asian wild horse mares from eight different harems in collaboration with Hustai National Park and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute.  The data recorded from these collars will help scientists learn in detail where the horses travel and where they find food and water.

Asian wild horse harem grazing in Hustai National Park, Mongolia. Photo by: T. Steger
Asian wild horse harem grazing in Hustai National Park, Mongolia. Photo by: T. Steger
Snow dusted mountains in Hustai National Park, Mongolia. Photo by M. Stentz
Snow dusted mountains in Hustai National Park, Mongolia. Photo by M. Stentz
Entrance to Hustai National Park, Mongolia. Photo by K. Jenks
Main camp at Hustai National Park, Mongolia. Photo by T. Steger
Inside a tourist ger (traditional Mongolian house). Photo by K. Jenks
A traditional Mongolian house called a ger. Photo by K. Jenks
Our Mongolian team from the Minnesota Zoo that deployed GPS tracking collars on Asian wild horses in Hustai National Park, Mongolia. From left to right: Tim H., Dr. Kate Jenks, Taylor S., and Dr. Jim Rasmussen. Photo by M. Stentz
Fieldwork in April required some heavy lifting! Photo by M. Stentz
Our team collecting blood samples from an anesthetized Asian wild horse. Photo by M. Stentz
Usukhjargal Dorj, Research Director of Hustai National Park, who was instrumental in deploying GPS tracking collars on Asian wild horses in the park. Photo by K. Jenks
Our team deploying a GPS tracking collar on an Asian wild horse mare. Photo by U. Ganbold
Minnesota Zoo Conservation Biologist, Dr. Kate Jenks, fitting a GPS tracking collar on an Asian wild horse mare. Photo by M. Stentz
Asian wild horse mare fitted with a GPS tracking collar that will allow biologists to study her movements. Photo by U. Ganbold
Asian wild horse mare back with her harem after being fitted with a GPS tracking collar. Photo by T. Steger
Red deer herd in Hustai National Park, Mongolia. Photo by U. Ganbold
Hustai National Park ranger with his domestic horses. Photo by M. Stentz
Camera trap set up at a water source to automatically take photos of wildlife to learn how often and during what time of day/night they are using water sources. Photo by M. Stentz
Camera trap photo of a Siberian marmot.
Camera trap photo of a Cinereous vulture.
Camera trap photo of Asian wild horses.
  • Asian wild horse harem grazing in Hustai National Park, Mongolia. Photo by: T. Steger
  • Snow dusted mountains in Hustai National Park, Mongolia. Photo by M. Stentz