Wild horse reintroduction project update
Mongolia has been implementing the “Project on Re-Acclimatizing the Wild Horse” in Mongolia with the government of the Czech Republic and Prague Zoo since 2011. As the project is due to end this year, a press conference was held on September 29. As part of the project, 12 wild horses (Przewalski’s horse) have been reintroduced to its natural habitat at Khustain Nuruu National Park, Khomiin Tal (Khom Steppe) of Zavkhan province, Takhiin Tal (Wild Horse Steppe) of Govi-Altai Province and they have quickly adapted well to the Mongolian climate.
Today, 430 wild horses are registered in Mongolia. To support residents in the area of Great Gobi Desert National Park, an Eco Club was formed to create job opportunities for local conservationists.
During the conference, Director of Prague Zoo, Miroslav Bobek, said, “Though the project ends this year, we will continue our cooperation on training security guards for the national parks, enhancing Eco Club’s efficiency, and also on acclimatizing wild horses in Mongolia.”
Russian Colonel Nikolai Przhevalsky was an explorer and naturalist who first described the wild horse to foreign audiences in 1881 and several European zoos have acquired wild horse colts since then. Now there are 1,800 wild horses in zoos and wild horse breeding centers around the world, but it remains an endangered species.
Wild horse reintroduction projects in Mongolia started in 1990 and the horses were acclimatized in Mongolia in 1992, at Khustain Nuruu National Park and Takhiin Tal.
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