CONSERVATION

The Flaming Cliffs are a beautiful place to visit and a very important place for the global scientific community, as well as a source of national pride for the Mongolian people. To help keep the park beautiful and preserve its scientific and cultural value, a number of conservation efforts are being  taken.

PROTECTING THE FOSSILS FOR SCIENCE AND MONGOLIA

Each fossil at the Flaming Cliffs is important to scientists and valuable to the Mongolian people as an educational and cultural asset. Threats to the fossils include erosion, poaching, damage from cars and inadvertent damage by tourists who touch the fossils. Frequent documentation and year-round stewardship are needed at the park.

KEEPING THE PARK CLEAN

All visitors should take everything they bring with them back out when they leave, including trash. There are no trash facilities or services in the area, so come prepared with your own trash bags and space for them in your travel arrangements. Trash can be disposed of in the nearest villages, Bulgan or Dal. Don’t let the Gobi become a landfill.

PROTECTING THE PARK’S ECOSYSTEM

The same things that make the Flaming Cliffs ideal for paleontology – wide open spaces, sparse vegetation, lots of exposed rock, and a dry climate – also make it a very delicate ecosystem. All deserts are home to animals and plants that have developed unique adaptations to cope with harsh conditions, and their balance can become precarious when humans get involved. Visitors should avoid damaging plants in the area and should never feed or harm wildlife.