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MONGOLIA: IL RITORNO DEL CAVALLO SELVATICO
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As some scientists dream of bringing long extinct animals like the dinosaur or the mammoth to life, others are already testing the waters by successfully reintroducing animals to the wild who today are found only in zoos. This documentary will follow the story of one of the most successful reintroductions ever attempted: the Przewalski horse - known to Mongolians as the Takhi – the last wild horse, and the original ancestor of today’s beloved domestic version.
As with cats and dogs, humans have a long and intimate history with the horse. Although no longer hunted or used for transportation in the western world, millions of people still enjoy an intimate love affair with this magnificent animal; a love affair, which will give this unique and unknown story enormous emotional appeal.
Our adventure will combine conservation, cutting edge science, survival under extreme conditions, history and ethnology. The setting will be the rugged peaks and wind-swept steppes of the breathtaking and legendary Gobi desert. Researchers will navigate sand-landings, with huge Russian cargo planes loaded with Takhi horses bred in European zoos and ready to be released to their ancestral pastures. Four wheel-drive vehicles and horseback, researchers will capture and radio track wild donkeys and native wolves – species to be studied and protected as part of the Przewalski horse, or “umbrella species” ecosystem.
Wild horses, wolves, the nomads of the Mongolian Gobi desert and a hand-full of dedicated scientists will be the characters of our film and the adventure will be full of surprises. We will live in yurt tents at temperatures ranging from 25 below zero to 40 above. In the same tents modernity will clash with tradition as scientists share food with nomads, while using satellite phones and the internet to run the reintroduction project. Dried camel manure will fuel the stoves that keep researchers and Nomads warm as blizzards swirl outside.
Mongolia was home to one of history’s fiercest warriors: Gengis Khan. Through top quality re-enactments we will see how Gengis Khan and his men rode across these same Mongolian steppes, on domesticated horses whose blood came directly from the Takhis. Eight-hundred years later, modern day Mongolians are quickly adjusting to a changing world, but horse and camel travel is still a way of life.
There will be no shortage of spectacular vistas and wilderness backdrops from one of the world’s most stunning settings: Mongolia, where not even 3 million people inhabit a land five times the size of Italy. It will be a success story that will attack the viewer from the heart and from the head, and provide much to think about long after the film has ended.