The dzud’s deadly toll

You can help save lives today

Right now, animals in Mongolia are starving and freezing to death.

These are the deadly consequences of Mongolia’s ‘dzud’; a natural disaster that occurs when a harsh winter follows an extreme summer drought.

Animals are left weak from the lack of food in summer and many die during a harsh winter that follows with temperatures as low as minus 40 degrees.

Animals must push through the snow and ice to get to any remaining food. Due to the dry summer, the food that is left can offer little or no nutrition. The constant search for food can leave animals with injuries to their sensitive noses or mouths. Their legs can also often freeze which can render them immobile and vulnerable to freezing to death.

From March to May (Spring birthing season) is when many animals are at their most vulnerable. Pregnant mothers may not have the strength to give birth or care for their young when born. Mortality rates can rise rapidly.

Herding families care for their animals individually and often brave the cold to help their animals survive. They do everything from rubbing their legs to help circulation, to helping mothers stand so their young can feed, and they even shelter some animals in their family home.

With a generous gift today, you can help animals suffering through the dzud survive, by providing emergency nutrition packs, and help other vulnerable animals around the world.

The nutrition packs include milk powder, fish oil and essential vitamins and minerals, and are being delivered to the areas most heavily affected.

Please give generously.

$64 could help provide one emergency nutrition pack to assist 83 animals


$7 could help provide fish oil to assist 15 animals.

$45 could help provide milk powder to assist 13 baby animals.

Where your money goes

These figures are in local currency and taken from the New Zealand 2015 audited accounts.

World Animal Protection has been protecting animals for over 50 years and we passionately believe that animals matter. With your support, we’ll go where animal suffering is most far-reaching and animal cruelty is most severe.

In 2015, 94% of funds raised went towards protecting animals in our four areas of work. We can ensure your vital donation is making the biggest impact for animals as possible and is helping achieve lasting change.

* These figures are in local currency and taken from the New Zealand 2015 audited accounts.

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