Some of the partners and members of H&CAT had started to protect mountain ungulates on their own initiative before the start of any project. Since 2008 the Tajikistan Mountain Ungulates Project with support by various partnershas 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 surveys from 2015/2016, the conservancy areas hosted more than 2,000 Asiatic ibex, 1,400 markhor, 500 Marco Polo sheep and about 50 urials. In 2017, the numbers of markhor had grown to over 1,900 and urials to 150.