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Set aside the


fact that since childhood Terry has always been fascinated by the prehistoric Takhi with their extra chromo- some and primitive appearance. They disap- peared from Mongolia


several decades ago but in 1992, fifteen horses were brought over from a European zoo and the reintroduction process began. Several countries and conservation groups banded together and today there are, we are told, about 275 Takhi living free in the largest concentration at Hustai National Park just west of the Mongolian capitol city of Ulaan Bataar.


The paradox of Mongolia attempting to reintroduce their wild herds


while the United States is rapidly decimating our last, few intact herds was not missed by us and a compelling factor in our decision to trek across Outer Mongolia on horseback to document the reintroduction effort. In our opinion, the United States may find itself in the same situation just a few short years from now; reintroducing what was so cruelly and blindly destroyed; our wild American Mustangs.


After the two days of the festival, Terry, me and our Mongolian guide


and driver headed west to tuck into a Ger camp in Hustai to observe, first hand, the reintroduced Takhi.


Staying in a Ger, those igloo type canvas covered dwellings, with no


electricity, AC, bathroom nor other amenities brings one back to his/her roots. Then to throw food poisoning in on top of it added a few extra chills and thrills. But, as I said earlier, it is times like those that make such excursions special.


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