“The Wild Horse Conspiracy” New book out by TCF board member, Craig Downer

Proudly announcing the publication of a pivotal book for America’s wild horses and burros that has been over 4 years in preparation


by Craig C. Downer, Wildlife Ecologist and Author  (Date of Publication: 1/18/2012)

This stirring and amply illustrated, 300-page book fully justifies America’s magnificent wild horses and burros while countering the biased machinations against them. Written by an ecologist who grew up observing these animals in the West, it presents new evidence concerning their history and evolution in North America then describes their many positive contributions to soils, plants, animals and people. Though true restorers of this continent’s ecosystem, they have been unfairly targeted for elimination. Over the centuries, they have borne our burdens and helped us along life’s way—which makes it doubly unfair that they should be blamed for what we humans have done. As always, they stand ready to help us do the hard work now so desperately needed to restore our shared home. Many of the author’s personal experiences with these animals, their diverse herd areas, and the multicolored people involved with them are herein vividly shared. Urgently required now at the 40th anniversary of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act is a strategy to reverse the negative schemes that are causing their demise the wild. As described, Reserve Design provides a way for establishing self-stabilizing populations through intelligent and caring programs executed with enthusiasm. Their lesson for humanity concerns how to share freedom and the land with such paragons of nature. Soaring beyond mundane pettiness and with an inspired vision for the future of all life, the elevated perspective and compassionate spirit of this book will prove key to accomplishing its critical goal. In the wild the vigor of any kind is preserved. And the entire horse family—as the Earth itself—needs America’s wild horses and burros to continue at vital levels into the future here in their evolutionary cradle and worldwide.

The author has defended wild horses/burros against attacks for over 40 years and observed many of the West’s colorful herds. He has also studied the endangered mountain tapir and is president of the Andean Tapir Fund, also dedicated to saving wild horses/burros (www.andeantapirfund.com). A member of the IUCN Species Survival Commission and board member of The Cloud Foundation, he has written popular and scientific articles and books, including action plans for endangered species, enjoys nature photography and musical composition, lives in Nevada, and is proud companion of mustangs Lightning, a palomino stallion, and Princess Diane, his curly mare, both of whom he knew in the wilds of NW Nevada before they were captured by BLM in 2010.

To order Craig’s groundbreaking book, make out and send $25 (which includes taxes, shipping & handling) either to Andean Tapir Fund (as a tax-deductible contribution to this 501 c 3 organization) or to Craig C. Downer, both at P.O. Box 456, Minden, NV 89423-0456 USA. Alternatively, you may use PayPal to purchase the book by calling up www.andeantapirfund.com and clicking on PayPal.  To order more than one book, please pay $20 per book for up to 5 books, $15 for over 10 books (which includes taxes, shipping & handling).  For any questions or to arrange for a speaking, picture showing and book signing event, write the author at the above address, or call (775) 267-3484 or (775) 901-2094 or email ccdowner@aol.com.

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5 Responses to ““The Wild Horse Conspiracy” New book out by TCF board member, Craig Downer”

  1. jomarie Says:

    can not wait to buy this book. sounds very interesting to be able to read the accounts of the wild horses and burros.

  2. Honor Hannon Says:

    What a great Valentine’s gift for all of us who are wild horse and burro advocates and for all our other friends and family who love horses.
    Thank you for writing this most important book–lets send a copy to President Obama!

  3. Wendy Hagen Says:

    Honor, what a great idea to send one to Obama!

    • Honor Hannon Says:

      Thanks Wendy. Don’t know if it will ever get to him, but I am going to try because so far nothing else has worked. I think we ALL need to think outside the box(the ring, the pen etc) and do some –as Steve Jobs would have said–“wildly insane thinking” to help our lovely symbols of freedom, the wild horses.
      Craig’s book will be my Valentine gift for the horses to the President.

  4. Pauleddy Gomez Says:

    Go for it Honor, great idea, send it to Obama’s daughters, I wonder what they would think if they knew what their father and the BLM are doing to our beautiful free wild animal friends.

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