"The wild mustangs in North America, the Przewalski horse
in Mongolia, the Namib Desert horse and the Kaimanawa Horse in New Zealand are just a few of the breeds whose plights have captivated my interest over the last few years and whose stories I look forward to telling.
is a rare subspecies native to Mongolia, which became extinct in the wild in the 1960s.
Examples of the last truly wild horses in the world can be seen at the Hustai Nuruu National Park, which is home to Mongolia's famous Takhi horses (the Przewalski horse
Skeletons of the extinct Przewalski horse
(Equus caballus przewalskii) were studied in the Julius-Kuhn Museum Halle/ Saale (JKMH; see also ), reindeer (R.
as observed in European bison Bison bonasus with 12 founders (Olech 2008), Przewalski horse
Equus przewalski with 13 founders (Bouman 1979) or Arabian oryx Oryx leucoryx with < 20 founders (Henderson 1974, Sausman 2007).
The Przewalski horse
is the last survivor of the great Ice Age herds that once roamed the grasslands of Eurasia, when human hunters took the animals to the edge of extinction.
For the past decade she has run the only wild herd of Przewalski horse
(Equus ferus przewalskii), in France.
To learn more about takhi reintroduction efforts, check out the Web site of the Foundation for the Preservation and Protection of the Przewalski Horse
'Although they are known as the Mongolian wild horse, the Przewalski horse
roamed Britain three to 4,000 years ago, so this truly is a scene from the past,' said FC Wales conservation manager Iolo Lloyd.
In 1990, the Mongolian Association for the Conservation of Nature and the Environment and the Dutch Foundation for the Preservation and Protection of the Przewalski Horse
decided to reintroduce a number of takhi to Mongolia.
Drive through the Main Reserve looking for European bison, Soay sheep, Mouflon, red deer, and one of the world's rarest mammals, the Przewalski horse
. Explore the rest of the Park on foot where you'll see wolves, otter, and Scotland's largest and most endangered grouse, the capercaillie.
But today, 33 years after the accident, the Chernobyl exclusion zone, which covers an area now in Ukraine and Belarus, is inhabited by brown bears, bisons, wolves, lynxes, Przewalski horses
and more than 200 bird species, among other animals.