Bring Them Back Alive!
The Abaco Spanish Colonial Horse is Extinct.
We Can Bring Them Back alive!
Make History! Restore an extinct breed of horse, a world first!
As soon as we get the go ahead from the Bahamian government, we are ready to restore the Abaco Spanish Colonial horses to their dramatic home on the island of Abaco in the Bahamas. The last mare died last July. Tissue was saved successfully, we are ready to Clone!
While we wait for the go ahead, the magnificent 4,000 acre Preserve the horses used to roam needs care and maintenance.
Little known to so many people is the reality that the Abaco Wild Horse Preserve is an ongoing, living venture. Even as we wait for Bahamas Government approval to restore the now extinct breed by cloning the last mare. We are fighting to keep our 4,000 acre Preserve alive and ready for the horses’ return. We are looking at a years long project. We need to cover monthly expenses. Once thriving, now gone, the wild herd and their Preserve can once again become a beautiful, accessible reality.
We get up every day and go about the business of seeing this project through, nearly every penny of this campaign will go to paying salaries of Jean and Avener, our two faithful Haitian workers of 14 years. They currently are on severely limited part time At 6.00 an hour that would be close to $2000 per month full time, we need to grow into that. In addition there are National Insurance Board payments, a type of unemployment insurance.
Jean and Avener keep the Preserve alive, we don’t want to lose what we’ve gained over the years with regards to setting up what we have, we are preventing it from going back to the wild. The large investment that has already been made in the Preserve would be lost. We need to have them on board doing work to maintain the preserve in a condition necessary to support the herd when it returns
By increasing their part time hours, but not going full time yet, we may begin tractor repairs; our water well just needed a new pump after fire destroyed our old one. Fire prevention has to be brought up to speed. We need to start repairing our cargo containers (galley, tool shed, storage) that are leaking and rusting; our WiFi subscription, phone bills, gas for the utility truck, and its repairs, all add to the daily expenses that eat away at what comes in.
The income this venture tries to run on is maintained by monthly subscribers who we are so very grateful for, and the occasional donors -who make our hearts sing! But we need more support than just a few.
Please help us to make this dream a reality, bringing the Abaco Spanish Colonials back to their home in a lush, well cared for Preserve that visitors have described as ‘magical.'
We are so grateful to you all, for your continued support, your kind words of encouragement, and your donations, none of this today would be possible if not for your wonderful presence. Check our history on FB,(Abaco Horses) and on our web site, <arkwild.org/blog/>
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Arkwild Inc. gained its official 501 (c)3 status —170(b) (1) (A) (vi) on April 5, 2004.
Next Steps for Our Messy Fergusson Tractor
!We’ve Found Rear Tire Rims!
Here’s the build up
-Two Rear Rims $810
-Shipping to FL 226
-If two rims will fit on one palette shipping to Abaco would be $165. If each rim has to have its own palette, that would be $330
We’ll have to rent a truck $100
Installation of one old tire and one new tire on the new rims will be $100 each, $200
Mechanics labor to remove old tire, then reinstall two tires in their new rims and get them on Messy
$200. Remember, we’re talking huge tires here.
Can we do this?
As soon as Messy is up on her hind legs again we can go on to replace her front tires and she would be close to on the road again.
Miami, USA, Abaco,Bahamas . . . . On Monday, May 9 2017 the Government of the Bahamas approved a world first proposal to restore to life an extinct sub breed of the Spanish Colonial horse via cloning.
ViaGen and other groups and individuals have committed to 2million dollars in pro bono services to accomplish the cloning.
Government approval of the proposal to initiate the cloning process and to bring the horses back to Abaco enables the two charities, Arkwild, Inc. in the US and WHOA (Wild Horses Of Abaco Preservation Society), in the Bahamas, to begin major fundraising to make the restoration a reality by restoring the horses’ 4000 acre preserve to the best possible condition.
Along with the dramatic restoration of the herd, the horses’ Preserve will become a showcase for equine assisted therapy, alternative energy systems, ecotourism and many related activities. In an environment that is unique in the world, a unique horse once again will roam the pine forests of Abaco, 200 miles out at sea. After a year and a half, we have the signal, it's a Go! Join us on this wonderful adventure!
A second meeting with Senator Gregory Burrows, head of the newly formed Bahamas Public Beaches and Public Parks Authority and two staff members (one of the staff also sits on the board) expressed positive interest in our plans for the Preserve and the restoration, they were informed of the world first status of our goals.
A meeting with Mrs. Andrea Major of the Bahamas Historical Society and a visit to the Historical Museum were enlightening and we will be working with Mrs. Major to develop first information and eventually an exhibit about our horses.
We were also able to meet briefly with the responsible officer in the Ministry of Environment & Housing who gave assurances that our proposal soon would be placed before the necessary decision makers. This is what we are waiting for so that we can initiate the cloning process.
• Within the past weeks The government of the Bahamas has placed us under the umbrella of the Bahamas Public Beaches and Public Parks Authority (under the Ministry of the Environment, our ‘home’ ministry). The PBaPB Authority will hold the acreage of the Preserve in trust for the benefit of our program and the horses. This is a huge step forward. The Government is behind us.
• ViaGen, the Genetic Preservation organization storing Nunki's cells, has recently offered their expertise and help with growing our first herd members. They think this breed is worth restoring.
• Dr. Robert Smith, DVM, an expert in equine reproduction, has graciously offered his services and the services of the prestigious Palm Beach Equine Clinic's help in the future.
Each of the above three things have been offered, to a great extent, gratis.
The first two put our efforts light years ahead of where we were just this time last year when we lost our Nunki, the very last mare. Dr Robert Smith was highly instrumental in helping us get Nunki's cells back to the US, through customs and the USDA, and then safely delivered to ViaGen for storage and cloning.
Earlier this year we made a presentation to UNESCO representatives in Nassau and they will help with our application to become a World Heritage Site when the preserve is ready. This is a very important and prestigious part of the puzzle.
We can not stress this enough.........
While all of these things are huge steps forward, our day to day needs come from the grass roots donations through our 501c non-profit efforts online.
Donations seldom cover the costs and Mimi has to cover many things out of her own pocket.
Please consider helping Mimi pay some of the day to day costs of maintaining the preserve. We get no other financial help. We still have a long journey, and we hope serious funding is in our future, but for now we need your help. And donations of over $75 are deductible from your income tax.
We can bring an extinct breed of horse back, we can pull them back from the edge they've been driven over. Please help us. Watch the trailer, you will be helping yourself and the planet too.