Mongolian Khulan Conservation Association

Protecting the threatened Mongolian Khulan (Wild Ass) and Mongolia's Gobi Desert ecosystem, in partnership with protected areas and the local communities 

towards a harmonious and sustainable coexistence between people and wildlife

Association GOVIIN KHULAN is a French non-profit conservation organization founded in 2007.


Our mission is the conservation of the Mongolian Wild Ass/Khulan as an umbrella species of the Gobi Desert ecosystem and Mongolian grasslands, in partnership with protected areas' administration and local communities of our project's areas. 


By protecting the Mongolian Wild Ass/Khulan, we also aim to enhance protection of other endangered and threatened Gobi species (argali, goitered gazelle, Pallas's Cat, snow leopard, Cinereous vulture and much more), and the Gobi Desert ecosystem through - collaboration, science-based conservation activities, environmental education, capacity building and community-based/led conservation - for a long-term success. 


Mongolia is an important stronghold of the Asiatic Wild Ass, hosting about 80% of the global population of the Asiatic Wild Ass (Equus hemionus), represented by the Mongolian Khulan (Equus hemionus hemionus). Mongolia has then a global responsibility to ensure this species conservation. 


Our organization works in the south and southeastern regions of Mongolia's Gobi Desert since the summer 2008, in partnership with protected areas' administrations and the local communities of our project's areas, to ensure the conservation of the Mongolian Khulan, and enhance protection of Gobi wildlife and the Gobi Desert ecosystem. 



Our organization also aims to reach a harmonious and sustainable coexistence

between people and wildlife


Video of Gobi wildlife captured in our project's area: copyright Jargalsaikhan L. / Jargal's Wildlife Photography (Facebook page).


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The Mongolian Khulan


The Mongolian Khulan (also known as Mongolian Wild Ass) is a wild equid and is one of the 5 recognized subspecies of the Asiatic Wild Ass. It represents the largest population of the Asiatic wild ass in the world and occurs only in the Gobi Desert with some small populations in north of China (Xinjiang and Inner Mongolia). The Mongolian Khulan is now listed in the IUCN Red List as "Near Threatened" (but was listed as "Endangered" until 2015), in Appendix I of the CITES and in Appendix II of the CMS.


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Wildlife observation and citizen science

Travel with us in the Gobi Desert in 2024! 


By traveling with our team, you will join an expedition of a lifetime during which you will take part to hands-on conservation activities, meet our local citizen conservationists, discover breathtaking landscapes and be immersed in the Mongolian local culture. 


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Our projects



For the conservation of the threatened Mongolian Khulan, other Gobi species and their habitat on the long-term, our approach is based on:

- a pluri-disciplinary approach

- cooperation and involvement of the local community's leaders and of the protected areas' administration in our conservation program,

- as well as on our guidance and support to our local partners to implement their own conservation initiatives.  


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