reintroduction program of Przewalski horses, Mongolia



This mission is interested in Przewalski horses reintroduction program in Mongolia a national park. You will participate in scientific monitoring of reintroduced populations of horses living in the park as well as the fauna and flora of the Mongolian steppe. This mission will also offer you the opportunity to experience the traditional lifestyle of Mongolian nomads.

DUREE : 15 days minimum

DATES : March to November

ACTIVITY : Full nature (steppe)

SPECIES : Przewalski's horse, Equus przewalskii Poliakov

WORK LANGUAGE : English (minimum level B1)

PHYSICAL LEVEL : easy to moderate

INVOLVEMENT : 5 days a week, 4 to 6 hours per day

PUBLIC : Any public over 18 years, individuals, eco-solidarity holidays, students


In Hustai National Park, the project is responsible for managing the park from 1993, including ecosystem preservation programs, reintroduction of Przewalski horses, and international research within the park; and the social and economic development of nomads living within the park and its buffer zone.

Your mission will focus on the horse reintroduction program of Przewalski, or Takhi as the Mongols call it. This animal is the last living ancestor of domestic horses. For millennia he has traveled the Eurasian steppes. Unfortunately, in the 1960th century, the increase in the human population led it to migrate to the desert area of ​​the Gobi, resulting in a significant decrease in the horse population. The intense hunt for meat led by the Cossacks gave the final blow and caused its total extinction in the 1990s. Fortunately many horses survived in zoos or in private collections. It was from the 410s that a reintroduction program was set up in several places in Mongolia, the Hustai National Park was one of the reintroduction areas. Today, more than 42 Takhi live there in the Hustai Park (3 harems), forming the largest population in the world. Other Takhis horses have also been successfully reintroduced in other natural parks (Takhin-Tal and Khomiin Tal in Mongolia, 1 parks in China, XNUMX park in Russia).

The project also conducts ecological monitoring of the fauna and flora living in the Steppe and surrounding Foets.

By participating in this mission you will contribute to the daily monitoring of the Przewalski horse population in the national park and to the collection of information useful to research conducted on site. The latter is particular to the study of biological and ethological adaptation Takhi. You will also have the opportunity to experience the traditional lifestyle of the nomads of the steppes of Mongolia through the host programs organized by the project.

Location / Habitat

Hustai National Park is located about 100 kilometers west of the capital, Ulaanbaatar.

Nuruu Hustai National Park (in Mongolian, Hus means birch and Nuruu means mountains, Hustai Nuruu therefore means The mountain birches) covers some 50 000 hectares. It is surrounded by 350 000 hectares of buffer zone where nomads live. This area is part of the Biosphere Reserves of UNESCO.

The mission takes place in an area of ​​steppe and mountain steppe. The altitude varies between 1200 and 1800 meters. The climate is continental, four seasons succeed each other with temperature 30 ° C in summer at least 35 ° C in winter.

For more information on local weather conditions


Przewalski's Horse (Equus przewalskii Poliakov) Or Takhi, as it is called the Mongols, is a subspecies of wild horse, listed as the last wild horse in the world living in its natural state.

Following a growing human pressure, the Takhi was brought to disappear in 1960 years. Some individuals of this species survived in zoos or private collections, thanks to a recent restoration program has been organized in several nature reserves in Mongolia. They can be found today in the steppes of Hustai National Park. This species has retained its status of "extinct" until 2008 IUCN. Since 2011, it is considered an "endangered species." Its presence in the Hustai Park remains under the supervision of scientists and subject to ongoing monitoring.

The appearance of the Przewalski horse reveals several "primitive" traits: It has a large head, eyes placed high and not on the sides as with other horses, long ears, a thick neck, a big body with a stripe dark mule and zebra stripes on the limbs.

It measures average 1,40 m and weighs 270 kg and still has a Isabelle dress with dark ends, one end of the clear nose and dark hairs. The mane grows straight and moved every year there are no forelock. Unable to discipline by nature, it can not be drawn up nor mounted. The Przewalski horse survives on very meager rations and can withstand extreme heat and cold.

That's not the only difference with domestic horses, genetics also highlighted other features. The Przewalski horse has 66 chromosomes while domestic horses have 64.

The Takhi is a gregarious animal living in herds or in herds, a social organization with its own. The social structure of horses consists of a standard dominant, several mares and their offspring: what is a harem.

Within the Hustai Park you can observe many other species. There are 46 species of mammals such as gazelles, wild pigs, marmots, wolves, badgers, lynx… and more than 217 species of birds. Researchers have also identified more than 400 species of insects.

Involvement ecovolunteer

Your main role will be to participate in the observations of the Przewalski horse in the field. You will perform each day hikes in the steppes, during which you will observe groups Takhi and their behavior. You also will collect environmental information (biotope, air, wind, geo-location ...). The information collected will vary according to current research. Coached by a coordinator who will prepare the ground work and guide you throughout your stay. 

Twice a week, documentaries on wildlife and flora will be disseminated. And twice a week Project biologists organize a presentation (course) on wildlife and wild flora and the Takhi.

The project also conducts information collection campaigns on wildlife and the surrounding flora, in partnership with research laboratories with whom he collaborated. the ecovolunteers ammenés will collect information / data in their various field trips.

The eco-volunteers participate in research during the week, morning and afternoon. The weekends are free. During these, you can spend a day visiting the area and the capital Ulan Bator, visits to nomadic families living around the park will also be organized.

Requirements and constraints

To participate in this mission:

  • You must be healthy.
  • You must have at least 18 years
  • You must be able to walk up to 10 - 15 km per day
  • You must prepare yourself to be immersed in a culture very different from yours and have a tolerant behavior towards differences.
  • The minimum required level of English is B1 : view details you self-assess
  • To obtain your VISA, Cybelle Planète will issue you a letter of invitation to the project.

Before you register:

  • It is important to take detailed documentation for download (see right of this text).
  • You will need to return the medical fitness form (attached to the detailed documentation) completed and signed by you and your attending physician.
  • You will need once enrolled in this mission, contact the project at least 15 days before your arrival date to communicate the necessary information to organize your transfer to the project.
  • Subscribing to a travel insurance / cancellation is mandatory.

Language (s) used (s)

English. You must be able to communicate in English. Many people there speak only rudimentary English, it can be difficult to make you understand, be gentle! The minimum required level of English is B1 : view details you self-evaluate.

Conditions for minors

The project accepts children accompanied adult (s) 14 years minimum. Rates are the same for adults and children.

The projects are an environment with all the security for children. The children will stay with their parents who will be responsible for their actions.

For participants minors, parents must provide a disclaimer to Cybelle Planet. 


Example of a mission 10 days:

1 day: transfer to the project office in Ulaanbaatar and transfer to the National Park Hustai (weather permitting)

Day to 2 9: Working in the park in the mornings and afternoons of the week. Possible visits on weekends to nomadic families in the sights.

10 day: transfer to Ulaanbaatar.


You live in large traditional Mongolian round tents, yurts or ger (Ø 6 meters), where you will find 2 beds, some simple furniture and a wood stove. Ecovolunteers two share a yurt.

The yurts are located in the tourist camp at 15 km from the research site. The transfer from one site to another will be provided by the project drive. The tourist camp is equipped with toilets and showers West, the search site has only rudimentary toilets.

Internet connections and telephone network do not work at the camp. The communication means are very limited and you must prepare.

Meals are served in a tourist camp options: breakfast (buffet), dinner and supper. If necessary we will prepare you a picnic if you have to stay on the field all day.


The project accepts a maximum of 8 ecovolunteers both.



The eco-volunteers are welcome from April 1 to November 15, for a minimum duration of 15 mission days. The maximum duration of participation is 60 days.


Due to the pandemic, Cybelle Planète has set up specific conditions for participation. Please consult our conditions of participation before signing up for a mission.

See information related to Covid-19

Travel Information

You yourself organize your trip to the capital, Ulaanbaatar. Ulaanbaatar is accessible by air (Chinggis Khaan International Airport) or train (the famous Trans-Siberian). If you provide your arrival information at least 2 weeks before departure, the center's staff can arrange to meet you at the airport or train station, or in a Ulaanbaatar hotel and transfer up the National park Hustai. This service is free (transfer A / R). To be sure to get to the park on the day of arrival, the appointment with the project shall not take place after 20h.

The day of departure the project will accompany you free to Ulaanbaatar. If you wish to be taken directly to the airport, your plane will leave after 10h morning.


Your eco-volunteering mission involves your voluntary participation in the project as well as your biodiversity donation. For each mission, the amount of the Biodiversity Donation is calculated according to the needs of the project and the time you will spend there. 70% of your donation is donated to the hosting project, it will largely be used to cover its material and personnel needs for its sustainability, and also to cover the hosting costs of eco-volunteers. learn more about Don Biodiversity

The costs of the ecovolunteers' missions consist of : your biodiversity donation and your membership in the mission, and non-tax deductible costs (ex: insurance, additional heating costs, over-classification of your accommodation - if offered)

Compensation for the impact of your trip

Cybelle planet pledges to reduceimpact of long-haul flights on the environment. In order to offset greenhouse gas emissions and the impact of your trip, Cybelle Planète has set up specific measures :

  • We no longer accept entries of less than two weeks involving long-haul travel.
  • Flat-rate contribution of 200 € to a territorial and carbon compensation fund for missions of less than 3 weeks.

We consider that a stay of at least 3 weeks, during which you have a positive action for local biodiversity (ex: eco-volunteering mission), and where you adopt a responsible mode of travel, partially offsets your emissions at the regional level. 


Amount of Don Biodiversity

  • 2 weeks of participation: 1200 €
  • 3 weeks of participation: 1455 €
  • per additional day: 59 €

tax deduction : For individuals, participation entitles you to a tax deduction of 66%. So a donation of 1200 € will only cost you 408 €.

For companies, the participation of your employees entitles you to a tax deduction of 60%. So a donation of 1200 € will only cost you 480 €.

Annual fee

Cybelle Planète is a French law association 1901, ecovolunteer stays are reserved for members who are members of their annual subscription of 50 €. This membership automatically gives you access to insurance (including liability, repatriation, medical expenses). Membership in Cybelle Planète is subject to a tax receipt. Learn more about memberships

Your budget

The hosting project supports:

  • accommodation and food,
  • supervision by members of the project,
  • your transfer from Ulaanbaatar to the project,

You remain at your expense:

  • the trip A / R to Mongolia,
  • expenses incurred (drinks, restaurant, ....) that remain at your expense,
  • your complementary travel insurance (mandatory), including a Cancellation, Air / Train Delay, Baggage, Interruption of Stay.

Winter supplement

The amount of the mission expenses is a little higher in the winter (from 1er October to 1er May), because of the heating costs.
Winter supplement: € 7 per day.

Travel arrangements

You must organize your own trip to the project: transport, visa, vaccinations if necessary, ....

You will find on our website information concerning visas.

Cybelle Planet can arrange for you to book your airline ticketsThis service is optional.

Conditions of participation

The general conditions of participation in eco-volunteering mission from Cybelle Planet are available online.

Commitment ecovolunteer

Before committing yourself as a Volunteer, you must have read and accepted the charter of ecovolunteers.

Car insurance

In addition to the insurance included in your membership, you must take out cancellation insurance, loss or damage to luggage, and flight delay. Cybelle Planète will offer you insurance during your pre-registration or you can subscribe one by yourself. A certificate of insurance will be required before departure. To learn more about insurance

ethical commitments Cybelle Planète

The Cybelle Planet associationcommitted to the ecovolunteering charter. We have always chosen sharing, equity and solidarity for all our actions.

Tax deduction

Participation in our eco-volunteering mission is reserved for our "support" members.

Ecovolunteers pay Cybelle Planète a Biodiversity Donation in addition to their commitment in the field. 

Only the Biodiversity Gift and membership entitles you to a tax deduction (For companies or persons subject to corporation tax or income tax in France).

Medical fitness form

Your registration can not be validated unless we have received your medical fitness form completed and signed by you and your attending physician.

In order to avoid possible difficulties, we ask you to describe to us, as honestly as possible, your physical and emotional state.
Regardless of the medical situation, all projects are designed to accept as many participants as possible. For this reason, they remain attentive and are very understanding of the various health problems a candidate may have. All solutions are considered to enable the candidate to participate in the project, regardless of his or her state of health, and to the extent possible.
The consequences of misleading and / or omitted medical declarations can be very restrictive for the entire team involved in the mission, and in some cases dangerous (missions on the high seas, in very isolated sites, etc.). So, Any false declaration, omission or false information may be sanctioned by the immediate and definitive exclusion of the participant At its own expense and upon the exclusive and unilateral decision of the project. 

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Download the form for an English speaking mission


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Note that no resumption or exchange is possible, we invite you to consult the description and the size guide .

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