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Hustai National Park - Central Mongolia

The Hustai National Park is located in Central Mongolia and has been declared Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2002.

It covers 50 000 hectares of steppe and mountain forest and is home to many species of mammals and birds.

The Hustai National Park is best known for hosting the conservation project to protect the endangered Takhi. This wild horse, also known as Przewalski's horse, had completely disappeared from its natural habitat. Only a few specimens were still present in zoos around the world.

A breeding and reintroduction program was initiated in 1992, resulting in a wild and sustainable Takhi population inside the Khustai park which now stands at about 450 individuals.

To observe the Takhi, it is best to travel by vehicle to the banks of rivers where they come to drink early in the morning and evening. The rest of the day, they disperse into the mountains in search for food.

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