Otgontenger Protected Areas, Mongolia
Batmend Shiirev (Mend)
I patrol 28,910 hectares (~71,440 acres) around the south side of the Mount Otgontenger. I was born and grew up in the foothills of the Mount Otgontenger. When Otgontenger National Park was first established in 1996, I joined as a ranger and since then, I have been serving the park for 21 consecutive years. My duties as a park ranger include helping provide park services to over 3000 domestic and international visitors each year, ensuring their safety and interpreting Mongolian traditions of environmental stewardship, and preserving the State Worshipped Sacred Mountain of Otgontenger. I have many years of experience in wildlife conservation work, having completed numerous surveys on population, distribution and habitats of endangered animals and plants. During my career as a ranger, I have been named as the Best Officer in Environment and Tourism and have also received Certificates of Honor issued by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism and the Government of Mongolia.
Altangerel Narantsetseg (Agy)
I patrol 43,900 hectares (~108,500 acres) of Otgontenger National Park, the north side of the Mount Otgontenger and the area around Bogd River. I graduated from college as a Tourism Manager in 2007 and joined the park in 2008. I have been working as a ranger for the 8th year now.
Dashdemberel Choijiljav (Dembe)
I patrol 42,000 hectares (~103,800 acres) of Tarvagatai Nuruu National Park, the area around Ulaan Haalga side. I am an ecologist by training. Having served as a volunteer ranger in Aldarkhaan soum of Zavkhan aimag for a while, I joined Otgontenger National Park in 2004 and have been serving as a ranger since then for 13 consecutive years. As a ranger, I contribute in preserving the scenic natural beauty, wildlife and forests of my native land by improving local community participation in environmental stewardship and rehabilitation, through various measures taken to reduce soil erosion, such as forming groups of herder households to lessen pasture degradation and organizing workshops and trainings to introduce and explain about park mission, regulations and activities.
Naljirmaa Baljinnyam (Naljir)
I patrol 22,700 hectares (~56,000 acres) of Otgontenger National Park, the area around the Dayan Mountain. I am a landscape planning engineer by training. My uncle Davaadorj was a ranger here back in 2002-2008 and he used to patrol the area which I am currently responsible for. While helping him patrol and ensure that the Dayan Mountain was safe and free of garbage, I was inspired by his work ethic and developed a stronger sense of environmental stewardship. Years later when I retired, I applied to become a ranger and have been serving the park for 9 years now. I have been named as the Best Environmental Officer and I was awarded a Certificate of Honor by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism.
Sharavjamts Gombosuren (Sharav)
I patrol 70,300 hectares (173,800 acres) of Tarvagatai Nuruu National Park. I have been a ranger here for 17 consecutive years since 2000. During my career as a ranger, I have been awarded Ministry of Environment’s Certificate of Honor and been named as the Best Environmental Officer.
Altanginj Dugersuren (Ginj)
I patrol 50,700 hectares (~125,300 acres) of Tarvagatai Nuruu National Park. An ecologist by training, I have been working as a ranger for 5 years.
Bujinlkham Tumurbaatar (Bujin)
I patrol 43,700 hectares (~108,000 acres) of Tarvagatai Nuruu National Park. I am a lawyer by training. In 2013, I applied to become a ranger at Otgontenger National Park and have been serving for the 5th year now. Although I lacked environmental background at first, I have always been proud of working in conservation. It’s because nature is a wonder itself. I am committed to continue working in conservation, helping others including my children realize our inherent duty to protect and love nature.
Rentsendorj Buriad (Rentsen)
I patrol 60,000 hectares (~148,300 acres) of Ulaagchny Har Nuur National Park. I have been a ranger for 3 years.
I patrol 98,000 hectares (~242,200 acres) of Ulaagchny Har Nuur National Park. I joined the protected areas administration three years ago. I am a vet by training and worked as one until 1997. While serving as the Head of Citizen’s Representative Assembly of Erdenekhairkhan soum of Zavkhan aimag in 2008-2012, I initiated the effort to take places of natural beauty and cultural heritage in the soum under local protection and ensured protective measures were taken. I joined the protected areas administration as a ranger 3 years ago.
I patrol 95,300 hectares (~235,500 acres) of Ulaagchny Har Nuur National Park, the area around Santmargad soum. I am trained in ecology in and environmental conservation. Before becoming a ranger at the administration in 2014, I served as a State Environmental Inspector in Dorvoljin soum of Zavkhan aimag.