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Wild horses re-introduced in Mongolia

Posted on 08 September 2005
Takhi horses grazing on the Mongolian Steppe.
© WWF / Anton Vorauer
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia – Long absent from the Mongolian steppe, the population of native takhi horses is growing. With a small build, upright mane, and dark brown legs, the takhi is considered the world’s only genuine wild horse.  
Ten takhis – six females and four males, have been reintroduced to a site in the Khomiin Tal steppe – a 2,500km2 area in western Mongolia which acts as a buffer zone to the Khar Us Nuur National Park. These horses, released at the end of August, joined an already established herd of 12 which were released a year ago in the same area. Both groups of horses were bred in a French nature reserve by the Association for Takhi Conservation (TAKH). 
“From biodiversity point of view, Khomiin Tal is well suited for the conservation of these unique horses, but, also for other rare and endangered species in the buffer zone of Khar Us Nuur National Park,” said Byambaa Munhktuya, WWF Mongolia's scientific officer for the Takhi project.

“This is the third sub-population of horses reintroduced into their historical range of Mongolia, especially in the Altai-Sayan eco-region.”  
The Altai-Sayan Ecoregion is one of WWF's Global 200 ecoregions — a science-based global ranking of the world's most biologically outstanding habitats and the regions on which WWF concentrates its efforts. 
The re-introduction project of takhi horses (also known as Przewalskii horses) in Khomiin Tal is funded and implemented by the Takhi Foundation, together with WWF-France and the WWF Mongolia Programme Office. The project consists of four phases: a feasibility study and background research; a preparation phase: a release phase; and post-release monitoring. 
"The project aims to sustainably conserve the rich biodiversity in the Altai-Sayan Ecoregion, especially in Khar Us Nuur NP buffer zone," said Tserendorj Munkhbat, WWF Mongolia's Takhi project coordinator.

"This includes conservation of other endangered species, as well as improve pasture management issues, and social and economical development in the buffer zone." 
For further information:
Tuyachimeg Baldandorj, Communications Officer
WWF Mongolia Programme Office
Tel: +976 11 311 659
Email: btuya@magicnet.mn
Takhi horses grazing on the Mongolian Steppe.
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