Carolina Marsh Tacky - Conservation


In the lowcountry region of coastal Georgia and South Carolina, the Carolina Marsh Tacky was the most common horse for most of the breed's history. As the automobile became more common during the 20th century, breed numbers declined, and the Marsh Tacky was thought to have gone extinct during the 1980s and 1990s. Today there are 276 living animals recognized by the breed registry, including 153 mares and 123 stallions and geldings. The Equus Survival Trust considers the breed to be at critical/nearly extinct levels, meaning that there are fewer than 100 breeding mares in existence. The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy considers the Marsh Tacky (which they consider a strain of the Colonial Spanish horse) to be at critical levels, meaning that there are fewer than 200 annual registrations in the United States and an estimated global population of less than 2,000. Representatives of the ALBC state that the breed numbers will have to increase to an estimated 1,000 members to ensure permanent survival. On June 11, 2010, a bill was signed into law that made the Carolina Marsh Tacky the state heritage horse of South Carolina.

In 2006, the ALBC began investigating the Marsh Tacky to see if it was truly a descendent of Spanish stock, and during the organization's initial field investigations it was found that many surviving members of the breed fit the physical type of Colonial Spanish stock. In 2007, the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy collaborated with the Equus Survival Trust to collect DNA samples and photo-document the largest herd in South Carolina, considered to be the largest remaining herd, with a heritage tracing back to the American Civil War. DNA testing was undertaken in an effort to identify horses for a new studbook, reveal what DNA markers the breed carries, and map the breed's genetic place among all other horse breeds worldwide. Sixty horses were tested in the effort.

Read more about this topic:  Carolina Marsh Tacky

Other articles related to "conservation":

David Bellamy - Recognition
... of FOSUMS - Friends Of Sunderland Museum The Conservation Foundation, UK The Wildlife Trusts partnership The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country Durham Wildlife Trust Population Concern ...
Dungeness (headland) - Ecology
... It is of international conservation importance for its geomorphology, plant and invertebrate communities and birdlife ... is recognised and protected mostly through its conservation designations as a National Nature Reserve (NNR), a Special Protection Area (SPA), a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and part of the Site of Special ...
Orang Hutan - Conservation - Conservation Centres and Organisations
... Other major conservation centres in Indonesia include those at Tanjung Puting National Park and Sebangau National Park in Central Kalimantan, Kutai in East ... In Malaysia, conservation areas include Semenggoh Wildlife Centre in Sarawak and Matang Wildlife Centre also in Sarawak, and the Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary near Sandakan in Sabah ... Major conservation centres that are headquartered outside of the orangutan's home countries include Orangutan Foundation International, which was founded by BirutÄ— Galdikas, and the Australian ...
National Council For The Conservation Of Plants And Gardens
... The National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens (NCCPG), also known as Plant Heritage, is a botanical conservation organisation in the United Kingdom ... and science." Specifically, the aims of the organisation are to encourage the propagation and conservation of endangered garden plants in the British Isles ... The NCCPG works closely with other conservation bodies as well as botanic gardens, the National Trust, the National Trust for Scotland, English Heritage, the Royal Horticultural Society and many ...
Greater Crested Tern - Status
... cristata are covered under the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) ... are required to engage in a wide range of conservation strategies described in a detailed action plan ... to address key issues such as species and habitat conservation, management of human activities, research, education, and implementation ...

Famous quotes containing the word conservation:

    A country grows in history not only because of the heroism of its troops on the field of battle, it grows also when it turns to justice and to right for the conservation of its interests.
    Aristide Briand (1862–1932)

    The putting into force of laws which shall secure the conservation of our resources, as far as they may be within the jurisdiction of the Federal Government, including the more important work of saving and restoring our forests and the great improvement of waterways, are all proper government functions which must involve large expenditure if properly performed.
    William Howard Taft (1857–1930)