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Nomads of the Gobi

Joel Berger

in The Better to Eat You With

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780226043630
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226043647 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226043647.003.0014
Nomads of the Gobi

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This chapter describes the author's studies in Mongolia. His primary focus is on a different species, the kulan. Fleet but stout, tawny with powerful legs and beige rumps, kulans have short, erect manes, dark dorsal stripes, and thin fluted tails with black tips. These half-ass, half-horse animals are legendary for their endurance and cunning. They have also been the quarry of hunting expeditions, including one led in the 1920s by Roy Chapman Andrews of New York's American Museum of Natural History. Even today, kulans are still persecuted, though not legally. Like zebras or feral horses in the western United States, free-ranging equids are disliked by herders, because they eat grasses, as do domestic stock.

Keywords: kulan; Mongolia; equids; hunting

Chapter.  6985 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Animal Behaviour and Behavioural Ecology

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