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Could the Gobi Desert See a Red Deer Comeback?

DALANZADGAD, UMNUGOVI PROVINCE, MONGOLIA — In southwest Mongolia, the end of the Altai Mountains gives way to one of the world’s most unique and majestic landscapes: the Gobi, whose sandy and rocky desert plains and dramatic steppes stretch across much of the southern part of the country.

The climate is extreme, with temperatures falling as low as minus 30 degrees Celsius in winter and soaring as high as 38 degrees Celsius in summer (a range of minus 22 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit). Yet even in these harsh conditions, the Gobi is full of life. In Umnugovi province, shrubs and grasses support a wide variety of wildlife, from lizards and birds to gazelles, rams, ibex, leopards, foxes, wolves and bears.

Historically, the Gobi also was home to the red deer, scientists and scholars say — as evidenced by the discovery of antlers and the presence of petroglyphs that depict them. But Mongolia’s red deer population has declined dramatically,…

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