Let’s protect the endangered Siberian marmot and Pallas’s cat in Mongolia!

We need the help of each and everyone of you to gather as many votes as possible for our conservation project on the Siberian marmot, which is currently one of the last candidates to receive a grant from the European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA).

EOCA is a charitable organization that funds conservation projects for endangered species and sensitive landscapes. Twice a year, they reach out to their community to elect which projects deserve more attention and thus need to be funded. This year, Wildlife Initiative is also present with a conservation project on the Siberian marmot and the Pallas’s cat.

In order to make this conservation project happen, we need a hand from all of you.
It only takes a couple of minutes. Connect to the link below, and cast a vote to our project (which is the n.3 in the list).
Sharing email details and a full registration are not compulsory. You just have to accept the terms of condition.

Wildlife Initiative, the Siberian marmot and the Pallas’s cat all rely on your help and that of your friends and family, who are warmly welcome to support us if you would like to spread the voice!

THE PROJECT

The Mongolian–Manchurian Grassland Ecoregion is characterised by extensive grasslands and categorised as critically endangered. The change from a centralised to an open economic market during the 1990s facilitated the growth of the cashmere market in Mongolia, causing increased goat grazing pressure on the steppe ecosystem and and negative effects for its wildlife.

Overgrazing and sheepdogs are threatening the globally endangered Siberian marmot, a key species for the survival of rare felids such as the Pallas’s cat, which its is known to use marmot’s dens. This project will actively engage local nomadic families, who are already assisting Wildlife Initiative facilitating the implementation of camera trap surveys.

The involvement of local herders will be crucial to reduce their pressure on the habitat. They will also assist in translocating and re-establishing 10 marmot colonies and will participate in fencing projects to protect the new colonies from grazing and disturbance. Our project will also provide the herders alternative sources of income related to eco-tourism activites, particularly as experienced guides to climbers and hikers.