A Birthplace of Genghis Khan - “Chinggis did not leave a monument to himself. Temple, pyramid, palace, castle or canal, and even his grave was left unmarked in the remote area where he grew up and hunted as a boy.
World’s Largest Steppe – Menen
The largest flat plains of Mongolia are in the most eastern part of the country. The slope of the plateau is very gradual, only about 10m/km, making it the largest steppe in the world. The Menen Steppe is located west of the Buir Lake, sits at 600 meters above sea level, and is more than 90 km long and 60 km wide. Rich with pastoral grass, wolves, and the rare animals, it is the last untouched steppe in the world. Be amazed at the sight of grassland a moving like an open sea.
Living Treasure of the Steppe – White Gazelles
The endless steppes of Mongolia are home to thousands of white gazelles. Biologists estimate that approximately one-third of the world’s white gazelles inhabit in Mongolia. Professor Kirk Olson, from university of Massachusetts- Amherst, witnessed a rare wonder in 2007, when he climbed a small hill in the vast steppe. Olson saw a herd of what he thought was a few thousand gazelles. He later told BBC: ”but it was really one edge of a group that ended up being over 250,000 by one estimate.” “We were simply amazed at the sight. The image I have in my mind of seeing this massive aggregation of gazelles will always be etched into my memory.
I expected that we would come across gazelles at times in large and impressive numbers, but not a couple hundred thousand in one sweep across the horizon. I had never seen that many before and that many had never been documented.” Mongolian gazelles are renowned for their huge herds. The average herd will have at least 300-500. Recently, an 80,000 head herd was registered. White gazelles make up the highest number of wild animals in Central Asia.