Mr. Ts.Sergelen, Member of the State Great Hural (Parliament) of Mongolia received Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Czech Republic to Mongolia Mr. Jan Vytopil and Mr. Miroslav Bobek, Director of the Prague Zoo.
The Prague Zoo has been instrumental in the conservation of wild horses, i.e. the Przewalski’s horses beginning in the 1930s, and has been successfully conducting activities related to the reintroduction of Przewalski's horses in Mongolia since 2010. In addition to transporting Przewalski's horses to Mongolia, investments have been made to ensure an environment suitable to their habitatation.
In the beginning of the meeting, Mr. Mirslav Bobek thanked Mr. Ts.Sergelen for meeting him and further noted that since reintroduction activities in the Khustain Mountain National Park and the Great Gobi Strictly Protected Area have been successful and the number of the horses can be deemed sufficient, the project can move onto its next phase of reintroduction in other areas of Mongolia. Based on studies, it has been determined that the territories surrounding Dornod Province, the Mogoin River and the Numrug Strictly Protected Area are most suitable.
Mr. Ts.Sergelen, Member of the State Great Hural, noted he was pleased with the successful implementation of the reintroduction of the Przewalski's Horses – an ancestor of the Mongolian horse. He noted his pleasant familiarity with the selected areas and expressed a willingness to support the project.
The Prague Zoo has so far transported a total of 34 Przewalski's Horses from the Czech Republic and other European countries on a CASA military plane in nine shipments and reintroduced them to the Great Gobi B Strictly Protected Area. The 10th shipment was scheduled for 2020, but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As of today, there are 370 Przewalski's horses in Great Gobi B Strictly Protected Area, 420 in the Khustain Mountain National Park, and 130 in the Khomyn Tal National Park.