Mongolian Gobi Bear researcher praised at international conference
The International Association for Bear Research and Management had its 22nd International Conference between September 15 and 20 in Provo, Utah, in the USA. The Ministry of Nature, Environment and Green Development sent T.Odbayar to the conference to speak about his work on the Gobi Bear (Mazaalai).His speech was selected as one of the best presented at the conference and the researcher was awarded a prize.
T.Odbayar spoke about the results of Gobi Bear genetic research. His speech asked “Is the Gobi Bear an independent sub-species endemic to the Mongolian Gobi without relation to the Brown Bear?” and offered a concise introduction to his research around the question. The speech was an outstanding piece that promoted and raised awareness of the endangered Gobi Bear at an international level.
Over 340 bear researchers and experts from 60 different countries took part in the conference. T.Odbayar will work at the genetics laboratory of the University of Idaho. He proved that the Gobi Bear is not a sub-species of the Brown Bear, and now he is working to prove that it also differs genetically from the bears that inhabit the Himalayan mountains.
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