Ikh Nart is home to one of the world's largest vultures, the Cinereous Vulture - also known as the European Black Vulture. This large vulutre ranges from western Europe, where the species is endangered, through Eurasia to Mongolia. Ikh Nart contains perhaps one of the largest concentrated breeding sites for the species.
In 2004, biologists from Denver Zoo and Mongolian Academy of Sciences began a project that investigates the Cinereous Vulture population in Ikh Nart. The project aims to understand the breeding ecology and demography of vultures in the reserve. The project is based in north Ikh Nart and currently monitors over 150 nest sites throughout the reserve. The project also recently expanded to monitor Lesser Kestrel populations.
For more information the vulture project, contact the Denver Zoo - Conservation Biology Department.