During the 1980s Claudia Feh, equine ethologist, studied how Camargue horses form family groups when left in semi-free conditions. Her research on free-roaming horses led her to the Przewalski's horse - the last wild horse breed - and the creation of Association Takh in 1990.
The Przewalski horse went extinct in the wild in the late 1960s, surviving only in zoos until the 1990s. Its ancestral land is central Asia, where they roamed free for hundreds or thousands of years without having been domesticated.
In 1993, Claudia and her team brought 11 Przewalski's horses from various European zoos to Le Villaret in the Cevennes National Park in southern France. The horses adapted to the harsh conditions of this mountainous site; and in 2004 and 2005 22 horses were transported to the buffer zone of Khar Us Nuur National Park in western Mongolia.This population is now in a phase of re-establishment.
From our research in the Camargue and Cevennes in France and Khar Us Nuur in Mongolia, TAKH has built a solid understanding of horse behaviour. This knowledge has deep impacts on population dynamics, making TAKH's competence in horse behavior extremely useful in the management of the reintroduced population.