Markhor are on the rebound in Tajikistan.
By Rolf D. Baldus, CorrespondentEditor's note: In our July issue (page 14; Article 4090 in our database) we reported that Kyrgyzstan customs seized a shipment of hides and horns being transported from Tajikistan. We are still tracking the facts on that story. But, in the meantime, we didn't want to let it overshadow the good news that markhor in Tajikistan are on the rebound, thanks largely to the money generated by tourist hunting.
This is a true conservation success. As Hunting Report correspondent Dr. Rolf Baldus tells us, the markhor was listed as "endangered" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) from 1994 until 2015. Hunting was closed until 2011, although we have heard of some limited permits issued by the president's office over the years. Now markhor hunting is legal on a very small, controlled quota, with CITES authorities issuing export permits for these trophies. As a result, the population of markhor in Tajikistan has grown substantially. Here's the latest.
The Republic of Tajikistan is the most important range state of the subspecies Heptner (aka Bukharan or Tajik) markhor, Capra falconeri heptneri
. Local communities are the key players in this conservation success story. The revenues from hunting tourism are the engine that has been driving the process....