The Central Asian Great Bustard Project was initiated in 2006 to address a critical lack of information about declining populations of this species in Central Asia. The results of pilot work in Mongolia and Kazakhstan, involving extensive ground surveys and interviews of local people, only increased our concern about the status of these populations.

We are indebted to long-time colleagues at the Taimen Conservation Fund, especially David Gilroy, who encouraged and logistically supported this project in its pilot stages and who have provided a model for community involvement in a research and conservation program.

This project would not be possible without our phenomenal and dedicated field crew and volunteers. Please read more about us below!

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Team Leader A. Kessler


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Mongolian Research Advisors, Collaborating Organizations


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Mongolia Core Field Team


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Frequent Collaborators


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Visiting Researchers


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Genetic Research


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Kazakhstan Research


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Volunteers in the United States


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Artists, Photographers, and Video Editing