Craig Downer. Photo by Laura Leigh.

The Wild Horse Conspiracy, a book by Craig Downer, out now


Proudly announcing the publication of a pivotal book for America’s wild horses and burros that has been over 4 years in preparation

by Craig C. Downer, Wildlife Ecologist and Author (Date of Publication: 1/18/2012)

Craig Downer (by Laura Leigh)
Craig Downer (by Laura Leigh)

This stirring and amply illustrated, 300-page book fully justifies America’s magnificent wild horses and burros while countering the biased machinations against them. Written by an ecologist who grew up observing these animals in the West, it presents new evidence concerning their history and evolution in North America then describes their many positive contributions to soils, plants, animals and people. Though true restorers of this continent’s ecosystem, they have been unfairly targeted for elimination.

Over the centuries, they have borne our burdens and helped us along life’s way—which makes it doubly unfair that they should be blamed for what we humans have done. As always, they stand ready to help us do the hard work now so desperately needed to restore our shared home. Many of the author’s personal experiences with these animals, their diverse herd areas, and the multicolored people involved with them are herein vividly shared.

Urgently required now at the 40th anniversary of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act is a strategy to reverse the negative schemes that are causing their demise the wild. As described, Reserve Design provides a way for establishing self-stabilizing populations through intelligent and caring programs executed with enthusiasm.

Wild Horses (by Craig Downer)
Wild Horses (by Craig Downer)

Their lesson for humanity concerns how to share freedom and the land with such paragons of nature. Soaring beyond mundane pettiness and with an inspired vision for the future of all life, the elevated perspective and compassionate spirit of this book will prove key to accomplishing its critical goal. In the wild the vigor of any kind is preserved. And the entire horse family—as the Earth itself—needs America’s wild horses and burros to continue at vital levels into the future here in their evolutionary cradle and worldwide.

The author has defended wild horses/burros against attacks for over 40 years and observed many of the West’s colorful herds. He has also studied the endangered mountain tapir and is president of the Andean Tapir Fund, also dedicated to saving wild horses/burros (

A member of the IUCN Species Survival Commission and board member of The Cloud Foundation, he has written popular and scientific articles and books, including action plans for endangered species, enjoys nature photography and musical composition, lives in Nevada, and is proud companion of mustangs Lightning, a palomino stallion, and Princess Diane, his curly mare, both of whom he knew in the wilds of NW Nevada before they were captured by BLM in 2010.

To order Craig’s groundbreaking book, make out and send $25 (which includes taxes, shipping & handling) either to Andean Tapir Fund (as a tax-deductible contribution to this 501 c 3 organization) or to Craig C. Downer, both at P.O. Box 456, Minden, NV 89423-0456 USA.

Alternatively, you may use PayPal to purchase the book by calling up and clicking on PayPal. To order more than one book, please pay $20 per book for up to 5 books, $15 for over 10 books (which includes taxes, shipping & handling).

For any questions or to arrange for a speaking, picture showing and book signing event, write the author at the above address, or call (775) 267-3484 or (775) 901-2094 or email

Source: Press Release

14 thoughts on “The Wild Horse Conspiracy, a book by Craig Downer, out now”

  1. Congratulations Craig, after 4 years it is published! Looking forward to receiving my copy. Also anxious to see how the revelations in your book might change the future for our wild horses & burros.
    Thank you Craig for your dedication to them at over 100 per cent always. How do you do that?

    Good luck Craig @ your book signing events. I hope it goes viral!
    Your friend Cat


  2. It is most certainly written by a man who has dedicated a couple of decades to the cause. Craig Downer is a poet at heart, an ecologist by training and a naturalist by destiny. I’m certain there’s much knowledge, wisdom and fact offered in his new book.


    1. Thanks so much, order received, Janet. Maybe we could do an event in St Louis area. Last time I was there was for the mountain tapir, doing plant identifications at the herbarium. Nice time spent there.


  3. If the book is worded as well as the press release it is a must read. There cannot be enough accounts of mustang life and fate. After Mustang Controversy now Mustang Conspiracy will revisit the problematic and fateful manangement strategies that could be replaced by …”intelligent and caring programs executed with enthusiasm…”


      1. Thanks so much for posting this, Vivian! I have several book events already lined. up. We can turn things around for these magnificent animals. They deserve freedom.


        1. You are most welcome Craig. I am sure people would love to come out and meet with you, and thank you, for all of your magnificent work. Is there a place where the dates, times and places of your book events are posted? Thank you.


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