I am passionate about environmental issues and admire the work of conservationists and local communities they work with, to preserve wildlife and natural habitats across the world. I am happy to have had the support of various editors and news platforms who’ve commissioned video news features and articles on wildlife and conservation issues from little heard of remote regions of remote countries, however obscure or quirky some stories may have been. These are a few stories I have worked on over the years as a video journalist and writer.
Al Jazeera: Mongolia races to preserve two-humped camels
The two-humped Bactrian camel helped people settle and adapt to life in the Gobi desert of Mongolia, but their numbers have rapidly decreased in the last few decades. The Gobi desert is also home to the only surviving species of wild camel in the world. Conservationists say preventing crossbreeding with domestic Bactrian camels is critical for preserving both species. Al Jazeera’s Pearly Jacob reports from Gobi-Altai in southwest Mongolia.
Al Jazeera: Rare wild antelope facing extinction in Mongolia
A rare species of wild antelope in Mongolia is facing extinction because of a highly contagious disease. Almost 4,000 saiga have already died and scientists expect the total to reach 10,000 within the next two months. Al Jazeera’s Pearly Jacob reports from the province of Gobi-Altai.
Al Jazeera: Tajikistan conservation: Wildlife parks face human threats
Pamir Mountains, in eastern Tajikistan, is home to many forms of endangered wildlife. Conservation efforts helped them survive after poaching during a civil war in the 1990s. But now, the only strictly protected reserve where hunting is prohibited is facing a new threat. Al Jazeera’s Pearly Jacob reports from the Zorkul Nature Reserve.
Al Jazeera: Mongolia’s nesting programme attempts to save the prized saker falcon
Mongolia is home to the Saker falcon, which is a bird prized in the Middle East known for its speed and stealth to catch prey in the desert. But it’s an endangered bird. Al Jazeera’s Pearly Jacob reports from Ulaanbaatar on an artificial nesting programme, which is trying to ensure the Saker’s survival.
EurasiaNet.org: Mongolia’s Endangered Gobi Bear Struggles Against Climate Change
Deep in southwest Mongolia, in the arid shadow of the Altai Nuruu Mountains, a little-known bear ekes out a perilous existence. The Gobi Desert has a host of endangered wildlife, but today the Gobi bear — a subspecies of the Brown bear known to scientists as Ursus arctos gobiensis — is one of the most threatened animals in the world. Scientists estimate only 22 to 30 of the bears are left, all in the wild where they face shrinking water supplies thanks to global warming.
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EurasiaNet.org: Ulaanbaatar Signs Up Nature’s Engineers to Restore River
Ulaanbaatar is importing foreign experts to combat falling water levels in Mongolia’s third longest river. Qualifications include sharp incisors, flat tails and webbed toes.
Meet the Eurasian beaver (Castor fiber). If all goes according to plan, the task of restoring the headwaters of the Tuul River will be left to these rotund rodents, with extra thanks to Germany and Russia. At home, due to poaching, their numbers have declined sharply in the past 20 years. But in May, Germany gifted 14, and Russia another 30—just for this special task.
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