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Mongolia now has largest number of Przewalski’s horses

Mongolia now has largest number of Przewalski’s horses

The Przewalski’s horse is the last remaining truly wild horse species in the world. Extinct in the wild in 1960’s, it survived thanks to a successful reintroduction program that began a quarter of a century ago.

The first 16 Przewalski’s horses arrived  in Hustai National Park,  Mongolia on 5 June, 1992, World Environmental Day transported bythe Dutch NGO FRPH and the Mongolian NGO MACNE’s. Since then, many Przewalski’s horses have come from European countries to Mongolia.

Today, 940 Przewalski’s horses are free ranging in Mongolia, which is the highest number of free ranging Przewalski’s horses in the world. In consequence, the world population status according to The IUCN Red List  of Threatened Species changed from Extinct in the Wild to Critically Endangered in 2008, and to Endangered in 2011.

There is now, three Przewalski’s horse reintroduction sites in Mongolia, Hustai National Park /422/, Great Gobi “B” Strictly Protected Area /386/ and Khomyn tal area /132/.

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