Cross-posted from the Prague Daily Monitor
Prague, Jan 22 ( ČTK) — Wild horses might be imported to the Czech Republic and released in selected areas including abandoned military training grounds within a project the Czech Landscape group has prepared in cooperation with Czech universities and the Dutch Taurus Foundation, Hospodarske noviny (HN) writes Tuesday.
The first horses, an Exmoor pony male and three females, are to arrive to the Czech Republic soon,” Czech Landscape director Dalibor Dostal told HN.
“Their owner from the Bavarian Forest died recently and the animals are on sale for a favourable price,” Dostal said.
Another twelve ponies are to arrive from the Netherlands in spring.
Experts expects wild horses to help maintain unforested landscape cheaply and environment-friendly and help endangered animal species survive in meadows, the paper writes.
Some horses are to be released in the military training areas that are now being abandoned by soldiers, in the Brdy area, southwest of Prague, for example, Dostal told HN.
He said military representatives are not opposed to the idea. Final negotiations are to take place in the weeks to come.
The Czech Landscape has found sponsors for its project returning wild horses to nature.