Six decades ago there were 200 or more wild horses on Great Abaco Island, Bahamas. These horses were the time-capsuled descendants of the horses that Christopher Columbus brought with him to the New World, at the end of the 15th Century.
They lived independently and undisturbed until man disrupted the balance. All but three were slaughtered in the early 1960s.
They came back to 35 animals by the mid 1990s. But a hurricane pushed the horses out of their now destroyed forest habitat, where they had thrived for so long, into a lush and toxic citrus plantation that was hurricane-damaged and littered with chemicals, destroyed buildings, too-rich pastures, and poisonous plants.
It was the beginning of the end for the horses. Despite the best efforts of Milanne Rehor, the woman who has dedicated 23 years to rescuing the animals from their destructive circumstances, the herd has been reduced to one mare.
The Wild Horses of Abaco Preservation Society, and Arkwild, Inc., need your help to turn this situation around. The world has stayed at arm’s length for long enough; it’s time to step up, to recognize what has been lost, and to save what is still here: the last mare and her future offspring.
Many avenues are being researched to pass on Nunki’s precious genes, for example eggs may be harvested from Nunki to make embryos with sperm from a DNA approved stallion. Embryos could be put in surrogate mares. There are enormous logistical difficulties, a veritable “Catch 22″ situation. For daily updates on progress please see our Facebook page at Abaco Horses. We hope in the near future to link Facebook and this blog so that both will update automatically when a post is made to either one. In the meantime, please bear with us as we struggle with time constraints, politics and needs for funding.
Disclaimer: There are a number of other web sites claiming to be about the Abaco Wild Horses. We are the only site that is ‘on site’ in Abaco; we started the project in 1992.and have been working for the horses ever since. If you need up to date information, this is the place for it. Other sites only confuse issues and draw attention away from our critical needs. Thank you for your support.