The Big Bankhar Livestock Guardian Dogs of Mongolia

Chulunjav Bayarsaikhan

In this photo taken Nov. 13, 2015, Chulunjav Bayarsaikhan poses for photos with Hassar, a shaggy, 11-month-old bankhar puppy, in Tuv Province, Mongolia. As years of overgrazing increasingly push Mongolian nomads into the territory of their oldest foes – snow leopards and wolves – a group of researchers and herders are trying to reinstate the bankhar, a close relative of the Tibetan mastiff, to its historic place beside their masters. The dog is native to Mongolia but nearly disappeared over the course of mass urbanization drives during the Soviet era. (AP Photo/Grace Brown)

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