The Przewalski Horse Association: TAKH

The Przewalski’s Horse (Equus ferus przewalskii, Groves 1986) is the world’s last remaining wild horse. No one has so far succeeded in riding one on a regular basis. Nonetheless, unlike numerous domestic horses that have returned to the wild (mustangs, Namibian horses, etc.) this one now only lives in captivity. The last wild individuals were observed in Mongolia in the 1970s.

The Przewalski Horse Association, TAKH, was created in 1990 to help bring an end to this paradoxical situation. Its aim is to recreate a Przewalski Horse population living in the wild. To this end, in 1993 and 1994 eleven individuals taken from zoos were installed in the département of Lozère, in one of the wildest and most beautiful regions in France: the Causse Méjean, a limestone plateau traditionally used for sheep rearing. Today they make up the Le Villaret herd.

This initiative should produce individuals capable of surviving in harsh natural conditions, i.e. those of Mongolia, the Przewalski Horse’s country of origin.

Link: http://www.takh.org/index_english.html

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