August 2016

Return of the wild horses

The Przewalski’s horse (Equus przewalskii), known as the “takhi” in Mongolian, is the last surviving species of wild horse in the world. Its reintroduction into the wild is often cited as one of the most successful species conservation programmes ever coordinated by zoos. The following report will show just how much patience, courage, expertise and financial resources are required to realise such a project. Tierpark curator and zoologist Christian Kern loves to travel the world, exploring animal habitats and learning about different cultures. In July 2016, he used his holiday to participate in the fifth transport of animals for the reintroduction project “Return of the Wild Horses” organised by Prague Zoo. Here he gives us a personal insight into his adventures in Mongolia.

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