Implementing the Przewalski’s horse reintroduction program was the primary reason for establishing Hustai National Park (HNP). Therefore, all surveys and research must focus on, or be related to, conservation of Przewalski’s horses.
The primary purpose of the Research and Training Unit is to organize a broad range of surveys and research covering all aspects of HNP landscapes, ecosystems and plant and animal species, populations and communities to develop scientific-based conservation. The Research and Training Unit also facilitates HNP becoming an international research center based on the unique natural environment of the park.
Structure of Research and Training Unit
The Research and Training Unit is comprised of 7 people. These include: 1 manager, 1 Przewalski’s horse biologist, 1 wildlife biologist, 1 botanist, 1 information technology engineer, 1 eco-volunteer coordinator and 1 Jan Bouman scholarship student.
A Scientific Council comprised of experts, researchers and lecturers from Mongolian universities and research institutes, reviews and evaluates research reports by park scientists and other researchers. The council also provides direction for additional research and research methodologies.
In addition to researchers from HNP, a wide range of researchers from elsewhere in Mongolia and other countries have conducted collaborative work on all aspects of Hustai National Park’s landscapes, ecosystems, and plant and animal species, populations and communities over the years.
In addition to this cooperative work with other universities and institutions, research conducted in the park has formed the basis for over 50 individuals receiving master’s degrees and more than 10 individuals receiving their PhDs.