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I’ve just read that Przewalski’s horse has just been introduced to the Alto Tajo project . Currently in a restricted to a confined area at present.
Interestingly, latest DNA evidence is suggesting that Przewalski’s horse is not a direct ancestor of the wild horse…..as seen on many cave paintings in Spain and France but a feral horse from those that were domesticated some 5,000 years ago and became feral also around this point.
It is however, if this proves to be the case, the closest we have genetically and in appearance. It is great to see the project moving forward. It will be interesting too to see how rewilding balances preserving the genetic variety of native domestic animals like the caballo serrano and introducing Prezwalski’s horse.