SNAPP: Steppe Health

Principal Investigator(s): 

Amanda Fine and Enkhtuvshin Shiiledgdamba

Peste des petits ruminants (PPR) is an extremely contagious viral disease that is spreading into new regions across the globe, causing devastating socio-economic losses and serious damage to the livelihoods, food security, and nutrition for millions of small-scale farmers and pastoralists.

In Mongolia, the effects of the epidemic have been particularly dire. In August 2016, despite the Mongolian government’s vaccination of more than 10 million sheep and goats, PPR still killed thousands of head of livestock. The disease also spread to wildlife and killed more than 50 percent of the critically endangered Mongolian saiga antelope in less than two months. Siberian ibex and Argali sheep also perished. This catastrophic loss of wildlife meant many of the significant conservation achievements of the last two decades were wiped out with the antelope, wild sheep and goats — with immediate consequences for other endangered animals, including snow leopards that depend on wild ungulates for food.

Livestock health authorities, herders, biologists, wildlife health specialists, international aid organizations and conservation NGOs will seek new ideas to free the country’s wildlife, economy, and livelihoods from this disease, and explore options for integrated management of wildlife and livestock health.

More information for project participants Visit the SNAPP website