The Przewalski’s horse had been native to the endless steppes of Mongolia, Central Asia, and Russia, and was named after Russian explorer and geographer Nikolay Przhevalsky (1831-1888). Formerly it was presumed to have been the ancestor of domesticated horses, but more recent DNA research has shown that it is a separate species which evolved from the same ancestor as the domesticated horse. The special value of this horse for Hungarians is that their ancient nomadic tribes used similarly tough, small, but extremely reliably horses. Currently there are 380 Przewalski’s horses on a protected area of 2400 hectares of the Hortobágy National Park.
“This special livestock cargo has not been the first to be handled at Budapest Airport, and ground handling staff did their best, as usual, to ensure a most comfortable flight for these valuable wild animaals ,” said József Kossuth, cargo manager of Budapest Airport. He added, “We have had many different four-legged passengers before, including extremely valuable race horses, young Hungarian breeder bulls, and a special zoo ‘delegation’ consisting of 13 lions. We are proud of the airport’s contribution to the success of the Russian reintroduction program of the Przewalsi’s horse.”