Finally some good news! The only truly wild horse in existence (other horses that are thought of as wild are actually only feral) has been teetering on the edge of extinction for a long time now. There was a point where it went entirely extinct in the wild.
But due to a vigorous captive breeding program, and successful reintroductions, this slightly stocky but ultimately adorable horse population is on the upswing!
Read about their history and resurgence over at Smithsonian!
Food chains are complicated. That simple idea of a direct line from primary producer, to primary consumer, to top of the food chain is just that, overly simplified.
And given the complexity of these interactions (who eats who) it’s hard to predict what happens when the menu suddenly changes.
Which is what is happening right now in the Arctic, due to the effects of climate change.
Read about it over at the NYTimes!