Horses of Prevalski Documentary
Horse of Prevalski - description
The horse of Prevalski, or kertak, is the only living ancestor of our domesticated horse. Today, we can not see it anywhere else than in zoos, for example in Prague. In cooperation with the Prague Zoo, several animals were released into the wild in Mongolia, the original area of the breeding of Prevalski horses, where this group successfully breeds.
The Prevalski horse lives in long-term cohorts that travel far to find food sources - grass, leaves and buds. A typical herd is led by older mare, and there are 2-4 other mares, their cubs and one stallion that moves on the edge of the herd. After a gestation lasting 333-345 days, one foal is born.
The horse of Prevalski is probably a direct descendant of Equus caballus. In the territory of the steppes and deserts of Central Asia, the wild horse survived undisturbed until the development of the pasture. Then her shepherds began pursuing as a competitor of her cattle herds and discharged. Only a few isolated pieces remained. He had different denominations at that time, the Kirgizs named it kertag, Mongol tachi, and Chinese jie-ma.
Prague merchants brought Hagenbeck to Prague kertags. The Prague Zoo has good results with the breed and leads a worldwide breed book of this kind of horse. Until 1988, only 150 foals were born there, so it was possible to release some individuals of the rescued species back to pastures in their native homeland. It's violent and aggressive, and it's almost impossible to tame it.
In the Czech Republic, the Prevalski horses breed zoological gardens in Prague, Brno and Chomutov.