Once extinct, onagers are revived in Kazakhstan
Nine onagers, brought last year to Kostanay region, were freed from the paddock to inhabit the Altyn Dala wildlife reserve.
Onagers disappeared in Kazakhstan back in 1930s due to overhunting. One of the widely used ways to revive the extinct species and populations in Kazakhstan is reintroduction. 14 onagers were brought to the Barsa Kelmes Island during the period of 1953-1961. As soon the headcount reached 200, they were taken to the mainland. Later they were brought to the Altyn Emel with headcount up to 3,417.