Ikh Nart represents one of the last strong-holds for the globally threatened Argali Sheep - the largest mountain sheep in the world. Populations of argali are thought to be declining due to several threats including poaching for meat and horns and competition with livestock.
In the early 1990s, a team of international biologists began perhaps the first long-term study of Argali. The project is based in north Ikh Nart and cooperatively managed by the Denver Zoo and Mongolian Academy of Sciences.
In recent years, the argali project expanded to include Siberian Ibex, which live side-by-side with Argali in the reserve. The project aims to understand the fundamental behavior and ecology of Argali and Ibex and develop a conservation management program for both species in the reserve.
For more information on the project, contact the Denver Zoo - Conservation Biology Department.