Idaho mustangs featured in new wild horse documentary

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A documentary on wild horses in the United States was filmed for public television Alhurra TV, bringing the issue of mustang management in the west to a wide audience.

Off the beaten track: wild mustangs presents the work of Wild Love Preserve in Idaho. Filming took place in October 2020 in the reserve of the Challis herd management area. Host Tony Naddaf interviewed the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Andrea Maki of Wild Love Preserve, as well as some of the stakeholders she has worked with over the past decade.

While the narrative is in Arabic, all interviews are in English and make up the majority of the show.

“It was a much appreciated opportunity to share our history and our work in conserving wild horses with this large global audience,” said Maki.

Alhurra is a United States-based public Arabic-language satellite television channel that broadcasts current affairs and current affairs programming to over 16.5 million people in 22 countries in the Middle East and North Africa since 2004. Alhurra is operated by Middle East Broadcasting. Networks based in Virginia and funded by the US Congress through the US Agency for Global Media.

Off the beaten track: wild mustangs takes viewers “on a journey through the American West, with mountains, farms and vast plains. We observe how America first knew horses 500 years ago, and how they spread to 11 American states, and the secret to their beauty and strength ”.

Wild Love Preserve is in its 11th year of conserving Idaho’s wild horses on 400 acres of leased land and has launched its “Keeping It Wild in 2021” campaign, with the goal of raising at least $ 500,000 for operations. wild horses and our conservation programs.

Challis Wild Horses in the central high desert of Idaho. © Andrea Maki

Maki said the reserve has been hit hard by drought in the west. “Hay prices have climbed to $ 200 a tonne and the price continues to climb. Wild Love must immediately raise a minimum of $ 150,000 to lock in the price and supply of our additional winter hay until spring 2022, ”said Maki.

Additional winter hay is needed from late fall through spring. “That changes once we are finally able to fund and relocate to our permanent home and wilderness,” Maki said.

In July 2020, the reserve adopted and secured the lives of the first group of 24 Challis wild horses from the BLM’s 2019 Challis helicopter roundup, bringing the number of permanent residents to 165.

“Now we have the second group of 20 wild Challis mares for adoption in October 2021. In keeping with Wild Love’s mission, we are adopting and purchasing Challis-Idaho wild horses from the 2019 BLM roundup not otherwise adopted, and as we l ‘we did by following the 2012 Challis roundup.

“Once with us, they live forever in the wild and together on their homeland in Idaho at Wild Love Preserve. We do not adopt or cuddle wild horses.

Donations to “Keeping It Wild in 2021” can be made here.

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