In the 1950s, it is estimated that there were 100'000 gazelles in the wild. However, in the Mangistau region of Kazakhstan that number has been steadily declining over the years, with only 1'000 remaining gazelles estimated in 2018. The population of the Goitered Gazelle has been directly affected by the continued industrial development of the region, road construction and, especially, poaching - practiced by both the local residents and visitors.
To help address the situation, the grantee will:
- Discuss the current state of the gazelle population with students in rural areas of the Mangistau region, their significance to local communities, existing threats and proposed conservation measures;
- Organise field trips to the gazelle’s habitats to teach the young ones how to identify traces, excrement and other signs of the gazelles’ presence;
- Conduct a survey about the overall dynamics in the number of gazelles over the past 30 years;
- Create school club “Friends of the Gazelle”, and prepare and disseminate informational and educational material such as booklets, brochures, comics, etc.;
- Organise a three-day camp for "Friends of the Gazelle" in Aktau, with the aims of echanging experiences between school clubs in the Mangistau region.
By advocating for the conservation of the Goitered Gazelle among students in the Mangistau region of Kazakhstan, the action aims to minimize poaching by local residents. The creation of the club “Friends of the Gazelle” will promote the conservation of this species in schools and beyond, ultimately putting an end to the negative impact local communities currently have on the gazelle population.