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>> Erdanabatchulu has been herding reindeer all his life but he and his people of Aduka are afraid they may soon lose their identity. Some three-hundred of them live in the forest of Mongolia, close to Russia. Their way of life has persisted for thousands of years, and helped them survive upheavals from Genghis Khan to communism, but since 2012, a conservation order has banned unlicensed hunting on most of their land.
But many told Reuter's Thomas, Peter and Natalie Thomas, they feel like their traditions are already fading.>> For them, civilization is just a- couple of hours reindeer right away, but they don't want to change their life, what they have here with what civilization could promise. They're not interested.
They're interested some elements of sort of solar panels and they have a telephone to talk to each other but they don't want to change they are not interested in where we come from. They're very proud of what they have.>> The goverment has declared the majority of the Dukes tradinal hunting grounds as a natinal park.
Park rangers say that after Mongolia's initial break away from the Soviet in 1990, over hunting ravaged the ecosystem and it needs to be protected.>>
To increase the number of rare animals. The people who are raising their voices against are hampering our efforts whether they intend to not.>> The ban is a bitter pill to swallow for these people whose isolated lives still revolve around reindeer and their migration. The herders say hunting has always defined the man and the
Lands they say was handed down to them by their ancestors.