By E.DARI of the UB Post
The Takhi or Przewalski’s horses were first reintroduced in 1992
The leader of the Foundation for the Preservation and Protection of the Przewalski’s Horse, during the 20th anniversary event of reintroduction of wild horses in Khustai Mountains, made the following statement:
“Forty years ago, I saw the Takhi for the first time when I visited a zoo with my husband on my honeymoon. At the time, the animal was an endangered species, and only about 270 Takhi remained worldwide. This sad news about the extinction of the Takhi in Mongolia made me devastated. Now the number of Takhi has reached 270 in Mongolia alone. I am really proud of myself and our colleagues for the work we have done to breed this animal.”
The Takhi or Przewalski’s horses were first reintroduced in 1992, on World Environment Day, June 5. Although all Takhi horses were completely eradicated in Mongolia in the 1960s, the Przewalski’s horses, which were located in foreign zoos, were returned to Mongolia in 1992 with the efforts of a citizen of the Netherlands, Ian Bauman and his spouse Inge Boumen.
Today, around 270 Przewalski’s horses are breeding in the Khustai Mountains of Tuv Province. It has the largest population of Przewalski’s horses in the world.
The 20th anniversary ceremony of the fifth acclimatization project, implemented with the support of the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, was held on June 5 to 7 in Mongolia. Participants of the opening ceremony included: from the Mongolian side, the State Secretary of the Ministry for Nature, Environment and Tourism, N.Batsuuri. From the Netherlands: the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary from the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Mongolia, Rudolf Bekink; officials of the Holland Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and the Foundation for the Preservation and Protection of the Przewalski’s Horse; and other guests and delegations. The ceremony of the Wild Horse Research Center of the Khustai National Park was held on yesterday on June 7.
At the 20th anniversary of acclimatizing wild horses in the Khustai National Park, the leader of the Foundation for the Preservation and Protection of the Przewalski’s Horse, Inge Bouman, who has supported the activities of Khustai Park for many years, was awarded with the “Polar Star” order. The Project Coordinator for many years at the Khustai National Park Complex, Peter Wit was also awarded with the “Friendship” medal. Every year, the scientists conduct many research works under the scholarship named after Ian Bouman, spouse of Ms. Bouman.