Dariganga National Park, Mongolia
Started working at the park since the establishment of the Dariganga National park in 2005. Patrols 81,000 hectares or 200,000 acres of land. Has been instrumental in the reintroduction of marmots in the park, as well as lead work with the local community to increase the population of Argali big horn sheep from 3 to 32 over the last 15 years.
Has been riding motorcycles for the last 25 years.
Ulziibataatar loves horses. Grew up raising, taming, and racing them in local competitions. Lives with his wife and two daughters. His wife is a painter and held exhibitions of her artwork. Has been riding motorcycles for the last 25 years.
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Native to Dariganga Uuganbayar came back to his native county after spending time in the capital city as well as Turkey. Saw some changes in the land, mostly caused by people. Many beautiful places started filling with garbage and wildlife was pushed away from its historic habitat. This made him change his career path and since 2013 Uuganbayar is working as a ranger. Actively participated in the reintroduction of the marmot’s project. Patrols an area of 91,000 hectares or 225,000 acres.
Lives with his wife and two daughters. Has been riding motorcycles for the last 20 years.
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After serving in the army he decided to become a ranger and joined the Dariganga National Park administration in 2015. Patrols a territory of 78,000 hectares of 190,000 acres and he has been riding his motorbike for 10 years. Actively works with the marmot and Argali big horn sheep reintroduction programs.
Loves riding horse and singing. Lives with his wife, who teaches at the local kindergarten, and his son.
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Numrug National Park, Mongolia
Native to Ulaanbaatar, fell in love with eastern Mongolian steppes while serving in the border troops for 10 years. Got married there and lives now with his wife and 4 daughters. Working as a ranger since 2009. Patrols a territory of 81897.20 hectares or 202372.3 acres. In many cases he has to go on patrol on horseback and interactions with wildlife are common. He remembers numerous encounters with wildlife, like a pack of wolves stocking him, or a mom bear with 2 cubs attacking while he was setting camp.
He loves to train racehorses. He has been riding motorcycles for 21 years.
“Places I work have tall grasses, very humid and boggy in summer and get deep snow in winter, so no bike or car is able to go through these areas. As a result, a lot of my patrolling is limited to horseback riding”.
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Native to Numrog, Terbish grew up locally. After getting a law degree in Ulaanbaatar he worked in the local administration of Halkhgol county before joining the park administration as a monitoring ranger in 2017. He patrols the entire park and operates a drone. In 2019 he was able to capture some rare footage of Red-Crowned Cranes in the park, endangered worldwide with only 2700 of them remaining. He is married and has a son.
He loves to read books, photographing, and making videos. He has been riding a motorcycle for 4 years.
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Native to Halkhgol country, where Numrog National Park is located, Enkhtugs used to work at the governor’s office before joining park administration as a ranger in 2009. Loves cooking and known among his friends as a “chef from Hainan”. Lives with his wife and a son. His wife Erdenedelger works as a governor of the Tashgai village of Khalkh Gol soum. Patrols a territory of 109224.75 hectares or 269900.2 acres.
Enkhtugs loves to train racehorses and watch wrestling. He has been riding motorcycles for 25 years.
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Born in Hentii province, worked in the mining industry before joining border troops in Numrog. Since his discharge in 2018 working at the national park as a ranger. His scope of work includes work with the public. He patrols 89349.82 hectares or 220788.2 acres of land. Married, has two daughters. His wife Bolorchimeg works as a bank teller.
Munkh-Amidral used to play volleyball professionally, so whenever he gets a chance he loves to play and works as a referee. He also loves to travel and cook. He has been riding a motorcycle for 3 years.
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Native to Selenge, Batkhuu had served in the military during 2009-2015. He started his career at Numrug National Park as a driver in 2018 and in 2020, he became a ranger. Married and has a son and a daughter. His wife Uuganbolor works as an assistant kindergarten teacher.
On his very first patrol day, he saw a herd of Red Deer. And when he hid behind a tree, the herd came within two meters without noticing him. He was amazed and felt at the same time how important it is to keep these deer safe. He patrols 65018.92 hectares or 160665.2 acres of land.
Batkhuu loves to wrestle and travel.
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The Great Gobi B Portion National Park, Mongolia
Native to the Altai region, Myagmarjav lived and worked here all his life. During 2005-2009 worked at the Environment Department of the local governor’s office. Since 2014 started working at the Great Gobi B National Park as a ranger.
In his younger years, he wrestled in local competitions, loves to sing, and plays volleyball. Married and has five children. His wife works as a kindergarten teacher.
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Born and raised in Altai, Amgalan used to herd his animals in the buffer zone of the National Park before becoming a part-time ranger in 2005 and then as a full-time ranger since 2010. Studied ecology at the University of Humanities in Ulaanbaatar.
Lives with his wife and three children. Loves to spend his spare time in the repair shop.
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Native of Gobi-Altai province, Buyantogtokh spent his childhood by the Great Gobi B National Park. He moved to the city after serving in the military and worked in the private sector for almost 10 years. He recently moved back to his hometown in 2018 and started working as a ranger. He is an adept rider and a fast learner. Buyantogtokh is a single father of two beautiful daughter. His wife passed away in 6 years ago from a car accident.
Buyantogtokh is the first ranger in Great Gobi B National Park whose job solely focuses on the protection of Przewalski’s horses – the only truly wild horses in existence.
After serving in the Mongolian army for 20 years as a music squad leader Nisehkhuu was discharged right during the democratic revolution of 1989. Worked herding animals until 1994, when he applied for work at the newly formed Great Gobi B National Park administration and since then working as a ranger.
Lives in Altai with his wife. Loves breeding fast horses. He holds several medals from music competitions and proud of his younger son who is a locally known wrestler.
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As he lived at the border of the national park when the Takhi reintroduction program started, in 1992, he used to help rangers to prepare hay and look after Takhi horses who were put in monitoring ranges. Went to university and graduated as an ecologist. Since 2007 he is working as a ranger.
Lives with his wife and 3 kids. Has good mechanical skills, loves to read.
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Son of former superintendent of Greta Gobi B National Park, Dalaitseren spent his childhood traveling in the park with his dad, who was instrumental in the reintroduction of the Takhi, Przewalski’s horse. After his father’s untimely passing he decided to become a biologist. Went to the National University of Mongolia to become a biologist and in 2017 came back to Altai and joined the park administration.
Leads studies on Takhi, Black-Tailed Gazelle and Khulan, wild donkey.
Since his childhood, he rode racehorses and participated in competitions around the country including several international races. Loves photography and soccer.
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His family lived in the Altai for many generations and what is now parkland used to be their pastures. As result, he has seen how the park was initially set up and later how the Takhi horses reintroduction project unfolded. After working as a volunteer ranger between 2001-2003, since 2004 became a full-time ranger.
“Being a ranger in the Gobi is not easy. Salary is small and there not much available in terms of technical support. However, this is my ancestors land and I take pride in contributing my share to protect it”.
Lives with his wife and two children.
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