In 1879, Europe’s last wild horse ran off a cliff - trying to avoid capture.
The loss of the last Tarpan led to centuries of efforts to revive the extinct horse.
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Behind the scenes - Journey to Bulgaria and the filmmakers on Bulgarian International TV - HERE.
Tarpan: Repainting An Ancient Picture
As well as celebrating the truly ancient and wild horse of Europe, the film has been translated into Bulgarian and is being used by ARK Foundation and Rewilding Europe as a conservation model for the effective “re-wilding” of horses in many different parts of the world. We are planning a series of screenings and outreach in conjunction with the International Museum of the Horse in Kentucky.
This is the story of mankind’s attempt to bring back a horse from the dead. Tarpan had roamed in wild herds across Europe for millennia, running through the dreams of our ancient ancestors and onto prehistoric cave walls. The film takes us on a journey of discovery, illuminating the dark past of the hunting lodges of Europe, miraculous scientific coincidence and the chilling efforts of the genetic breeders of the past. World Wars and doomed attempts to re-engineer the horse left a hopeless situation. Finally the careful work of an international group including the Polish State Studs, the work of biologists in the Netherlands and the tireless efforts of a dedicated group in Bulgaria brought a small herd of modern Tarpan to the remote mountains of Eastern Europe. Here the horse faces a whole new challenge, struggling to become wild once again and bravely learning to find a way back to their ancient selves. The repainting of this ancient picture will depend on their ability to adapt to a thriving wolf population. Their future still hangs in a delicate balance.