protected by Khukh Serkhiin Nuruu Strictly Protected Area.
description: Khukh Serkhiin
Nuruu, located on the border of Khovd and Bayan-Ulgii aimags, is one of the
highest mountains of Mongol Altai mountain range. The top of mountains are
barren and rocky, and forest patches are found in some areas.
for birds: Globally
threatened bird species such as Saker Falcon (Falco cherrug),
White-throated Bushchat (Saxicola
insignis), Yellow-breasted Bunting (Emberiza aureola) and Cinereous
Vulture (Aegypius monachus) occur at the site. The
site also supports bird species of Eurasian high montane biome-restricted species,
including Altai Snowcock (Tetraogallus altaicus), Chukar
Partridge (Alectoris chukar), Alpine Accentor (Prunella collaris),
Kozlov's Accentor (P.kozlowi), brown accentor (Prunella fulvescens), White-winged Redstart Phoenicurus
erythrogaster and White-winged Snowfinch Montifringilla nivalis. Large
raptors, Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos), Steppe Eagle (A.nipalensis),
Himalayan vultures (Gyps himalayensis),
Cinereous Vulture (Aegypius monachus) and Bearded Vulture
are common here. There also occurs Kozlov's Accentor or Mongolian Accentor (Prunella koslowi), whose breeding
range defines the Mongolian mountains secondary area.
flora and fauna: Globally and
nationally threatened wildlife species such as Snow Leopard (Uncia uncial), Siberian Ibex (Capra sibirica),
Argali or Mountain sheep (Ovis ammon), Red Deer (Cervus elaphus),
Lynx (Felis lynx), Pallas's
cat (Felis manul),
Stone Marten (Martes foina) and
Siberian Marmot (Marmota sibirica) occur at the site.
Other information: Poaching
and displacement of wild ungulates are
the main problems of the site. Foreign hunters always
hunt Argali or Mountain sheep and Siberian Ibexes, and
there is no regulation for their activity and camping areas. Predators such as
Grey Wolf and Snow Leopard started to attack on livestock, since wild ungulates
ran away, due to herders started settling down in mountains and it causing
conflict between park rangers and herders, because herders are secretly killing
rare wild animals.