Abaco Wild Horse Preserve
Area: 
North Abaco
City: 
Treasure Cay
Island: 
Address: 

Wild Horses of Abaco
P.O. Box AB-20979
Marsh Harbour
Abaco, The Bahamas

Primary Contact: 
Ms. Mimi Rehor
Phone: 
(242) 367-4805
Email: 

Overview

For many years the people of Abaco debated the origin of a herd of horses that galloped through their pine forest, but in 1998 they came to believed that they might be Spanish Barbs. In August of 2002, their identity was finally confirmed through three separate DNA analysis, photos and video records. They were subsequently accepted by the Horse of The Americas Registry as the Abaco Barbs, descendants of horses brought over at the time of Columbus' explorations. It is believed that Abaco is now the curator of possibly the purest strain of these horses in existence today. In the 1960's, there was a mighty herd of 200 strong, but the Barbs' journey to extinction began in the 1970's when the herd was reduced to only three. By 1992, they had reproduced and increased to 35, and today they are once again fighting for survival as the herd count has dwindled once again. Throughout the world, the Barbs are recognized as critically endangered. With assistance from the Government of The Bahamas, a preserve area in Treasure Cay was designated so that they could be back in their ancestral forest home, their normal habitat. Also playing an active role in their survival is Arkwild, a non-profit organization that is campaigning for funding and support to ensure the wild horses of Abaco survive as a living part of the island's history. Tours are available to persons interested in exploring the habitat of the Abaco Barbs.

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