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On the drive back to UB we make a short detour to the Khustain National Park. This park is special as it was chosen to be the place that wild horses, extinct in the wild since late 19th century, were re-introduced to the wild. The work has been a real success and the small number introduced from zoos in Europe have grown in numbers and there are now a few hundred mainly in Khustain. I am not confident that we will even see any as reports are that like any wildlife viewing is not easy to see them, at least not up close.
At the park entrance we watch a short video about the park and its work before driving off into the park. We are lucky and at first see herds of deer but after a short distance further spot a small number of horses on the hill about a km from the road.
We leave the van and walk closer on foot and are see another group of about 8 horses, including a foal, closer to us to our left. We are down-wind of them so can slowly make our way up the hillside until we are about 500m away. Here we are close enough to see them well and feel we have been fortunate.