Source: By Megan Gannon, News Editor for Live Science “It’s ‘feel good Sunday’ and not many things are as near and dear to Terry and myself as the wild horses “Takhi” of Outer Mongolia and China; so today’s installment is special in so many ways. Let’s just hope […]
“Its “Feel Good Sunday” and whenever I read or hear of horses being “released” instead of “captured” it always gives me a good feeling, to say the least. The stories of wild Takhi being reintroduced into the wild by Mongolia, Russia and now China has interested Terry and myself as we feel the United States may find itself in the same position, very soon, as our government removes and warehouses the last of our free roaming while equines. This past July Terry and I traveled to Mongolia to witness the fruits of their reintroduction effort, if you have not read the brief recounting of our adventures you can do so in the Sept. issue of trueCOWBOY Magazine by clicking (HERE). Enjoy your day!” ~ R.T.
But wild horses touch something inside us, something uncommon, something special, something uniquely connected to them. Something for which we have no name, which bears no surprise considering we struggle with everything about the animals, even identity and name.
A great big THANKS to our readers for your patience as Terry and I have been trekking across Mongolia on horseback with nary a word or warning. We have said goodbye to our trusty Mongol steeds and thanked our nomadic horsemen for their brave efforts in tolerating not only my size and weight but the continual stream of questions that we have thrown at them over our week long adventure. The insights we have garnered are more precious than physical riches and we will be happy to share.
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.”
URUMQI, May 22 (Xinhua) — Four endangered Przewalski’s horses were sent to Mongolia from west China’s Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region on May 21st, marking the first time for China to send the horses to another country since reintroducing the species 17 years ago, according to Cao Jie, director of the Xinjiang Wild Horse Propagation Center.
Story by Victoria Gill, Science reporter for the BBC Globally, the Gentle Horse Cannot Catch a Break “These Przewalski Horses, properly called ‘Takhi horses’ in their native Mongolia, are near and dear to the hearts of Terry and myself as they are not only extremely rare they are […]
While the United States of American strips its public lands of native wild horses China and Australia have launched into a joint effort to re-introduce wild Prezwalski’s horse herds back into their native lands in Mongolia.
Modern horses, zebras, and asses belong to the genus Equus, the only surviving genus in a once diverse family, the Equidae. Based on fossil records, the genus appears to have originated in North America about 4 million years ago and spread to Eurasia (presumably by crossing the Bering land bridge) 2 to 3 million years ago.