Nigel Rothfels: Saving a “Prehistoric Horse”
November 14, 2014 Humanities Lecture Theatre, 303 Paterson Hall, from 1:00-2:30 pm.
This paper traces the history of the Przewalski’s Horse from the late nineteen century to today. Scientifically described in 1881 and extinct in the wild a century later, the Przewalski’s Horse is now being reintroduced into reserves in China and Mongolia. The “restoration” of this horse to its “native” habitat is being touted as an example of what can be done through international cooperation (especially between zoos), careful scientific management, and enlightened conservation policy. In this paper, I raise two major questions: “What are Przewalski’s Horses?” and “What are these horses that are being reintroduced into ‘the wild’?
The Shannon Lectures in History is a series of thematically linked public lectures offered annually at Carleton University made possible through the Shannon Donation, a major anonymous gift from a friend of the Department of History