Species: Equus caballus
Subspecies/Breed/Type/Common names: Delft type
Country: Sri Lanka
Region/Province/Range: Delft Island
Population type: Feral
Estimated Population size: about 450 horses (2014)
Management Practices: Drinking water is often provided to the horses in the drier months
Details of Population
The roughly oval-shaped Delft Island is approximately 49,5 km² with close to 4034 hectares.(8kms long by about 6km wide at the widest point.) The island is characteristic of semi-arid tropical island landscape, dominated by palm trees, grasses and shrubs. The mean annual rainfall lies between 500-700mm, with seasonal peaks in April and November.
Structure and demographics
No in depth studies are known to this date
Issues worth noting and needed actions
In the drier months horses are noted to starve and lack water. Talks of a Wild horse Sanctuary were under-way in 2013 which would protect the horses in an area of approximately 530 hectares, but no advances have been made to date.
Bibliography and Further reading
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