Some of the partners and members of H&CAT had started to protect mountain ungulates already on their own initiative before the start of any project. Since 2008 the Tajikistan Mountain Ungulates Project with support by various partners (insert link to PARTNERS) has worked on the systematic mobilization of traditional hunters and local communities, assisted in the development of adequate legal entities and in the identification and planning of suitable conservancy areas, provided initial equipment like uniforms, field gear and optics and helped with the development of proper protection, management and monitoring.
The efforts made by the local groups have led to a spectacular success! By December 2016 about 300,000 ha (1,158 square miles or 741,316 acres) of wildlife habitat are effectively managed as wildlife conservancies. According to most recent survey data (2015/2016) the conservancy areas host more than 2,000 Asiatic ibex, at least 1,450 markhor, more than 500 Marco Polo sheep and about 50 urials.