Revival of Przewalski's horses continues in Kazakhstan08 december 2014, 14:52
Kazakhstan’s Association for Conservation of Biodiversity along with Kazakhstan National Geographic Society has been working on reviving Przewalski's horses in the country since 2003. At the recent biodiversity meeting, the head of the Association for Conservation Biodiversity Sergey Sklyarenko discussed future plans for the revival of the wild horse species.
“The first batch of Przewalski's horses have already been brought to Kazakhstan. Back in 2003, a small group of wild horses were brought from the Munich Zoo to the National Altyn-Yemel park. The next group was brought in 2008, but some of the horses died for different reasons. But colts were born too. At the moment, there are 10 wild horses in Altyn-Yemel Park (in Kazakhstan),” Sklyarenko said.
Earlier, the Manager of the Central Asia Program of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds in UK Stephanie Ward talked about joint plans for the reivival of the endangered Przewalski's horses in Central Asian steppes.
“Since 2005, the Kazakhstan Association for Conservation of Biological Diversity together with the Forestry and Wildlife Committee and the Frankfurt Zoological Society have been working on the restoration of the wild steppes of central Kazakhstan. This partnership provides a unique opportunity for environmental work on an unprecedented scale. Herewith we are jointly introducing proven habitat management techniques, ecosystem restoration and sustainable use of natural resources,” Ward said.
50 hectares of land have been prepared for the revival of the wild horses in Kazakhstan.
“The next group will be created in Altyn Dala wildlife reserve in Central Kazakhstan. It is planned to bring Przewalski's horses from the Nuremberg Zoo by Spring 2016,” Sklyarenko said.
Meanwhile, the wild horses will be prepared for transportation. In addition, transportation of the wild horses requires the species to be included in the list of protected species in Kazakhstan. “As soon as the species are on the list, German will start preparing the horses for transportation,” Sklyarenko said.
Reporting by Assemgul Khassenova. Writing by Gyuzel Kamalova