The Goitered Gazelle (Gazella subgutturosa) is a medium scaled herbivore inhabiting steppes and limestone plateaus. Although the species is listed as Vulnerable globally, because of ongoing rapid declines within the Mediterranean population it is categorized as Critically Endangered regionally.
Doga, in cooperation with Harran University Frankfurt Zoological Society, initiated a conservation programme for the species in two steppic KBAs, Akcakale Steppes and Ceylanpinar in 2005. This programme permitted monitoring of the gazelle population in the Kızılkuyu Wildlife Reserve, concluding the future actions that should be carried out to preserve the species. Gazelle conservation actions were implemented by Doga’s local staff in collaboration with local branches of the General Directorate for Nature Conservation. Furthermore, Doga team has undertaken several communication activities in Urfa city center and the villages nearby the Kızılkuyu Wildlife Reserve to promote the value of Gazelles and steppes. Furthermore, Doga, in cooperation with the General Directorate for Nature Conservation, prepared the management plan of the Kızılkuyu Wildlife Reserve, which resulted in a massive increase of the species over a very short period. The population has increased from a handful of individuals in 2005 to 670 in 2017, through dedicated conservation action.