Namibian Desert Horse

Namibian Desert Horse

The Namib Desert Horse (AfrikaansNamib Woestyn Perd) is a rare feral horse found in the Namib Desert of Namibia.

It is probably the only feral herd of horses residing in Africa, with a population ranging between 90 and 150. Despite the harsh environment in which they live, the horses are generally in good condition, except during times of extreme drought.

The origin of the Namib Desert Horse is unclear. The most likely ancestors of the horses are a mix of riding horses and cavalry horses, many from German breeding programs, released from various farms and camps in the early 20th century, especially during World War I.

The horses eventually congregated in the Garub Plains, near Aus, Namibia, the location of a man-made water source where many can be viewed on a regular basis

The horses eventually congregated in the Garub Plains, near Aus, Namibia, the location of a man-made water source where many can be viewed on a regular basis