Explore the lives of grassland animals, from the hedgehog to the Siberian ibex, to help conserve their wilderness home.

Your team will enjoy an extraordinary perspective of the desert and steppe environment in Central Asia, as well as visits with local herders for a unique cultural experience. Working alongside Earthwatch scientists, you’ll study a diversity of grassland animals: big animals such as argali sheep, Siberian ibex, and cinereous vultures (the largest raptors in Eurasia), smaller creatures like the globally threatened lesser kestrel and two species of hedgehog, and prey species from lizards to steppe rat snakes to leaping jerboas. Volunteers who prefer not to work with the snakes will have plenty of other ways to keep busy on other aspects of the research.

In your recreational time, you’ll be free to explore this wilderness landscape in a way few people ever can, and you’ll also have the opportunity to experience Mongolian culture in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar. This project requires a reasonably good fitness level due to its active nature and the remoteness of the location, and familiarity with hiking and camping.

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Ikh Nart Nature Reserve, Dornogobi Aimag, Mongolia



Includes all accommodation, meals, insurance and research activities


14 days


Update October 15 2021: As overseas travel restrictions and covid requirements are not fully finalised, our overseas expeditions are not yet back on sale from Australia. We appreciate that people are as keen as we are to travel and we will facilitate these amazing experiences again as soon as possible. In the meantime, please refer to our Australian experiences.

Activity Level

Very Active

Lead Scientist

Ganchimeg (Gana) Wingard