Craig Downer’s new book – The Wild Horse Conspiracy

Proudly announcing the publication of a pivotal book for America’s wild horses & burros that has been over 4 years in preparation:  

Book cover


by Craig C. Downer, Wildlife Ecologist & Author  (Date of Publication: 1/18/2012)

 This stirring and amply illustrated, 300-page book fully justifies America’s magnificent wild horses and burros while countering the biased machinations against them. Written by an ecologist who grew up observing these animals in the West, it presents new evidence concerning their history and evolution in North America then describes their many positive contributions to soils, plants, animals and people.

 Though true restorers of this continent’s ecosystem, they have been unfairly targeted for elimination. Over the centuries, they have borne our burdens and helped us along life’s way—which makes it doubly unfair that they should be blamed for what we humans have done. As always, they stand ready to help us do the hard work now so desperately needed to restore our shared home.

 Many of the author’s personal experiences with these animals, their diverse herd areas, and the multicolored people involved with them are herein vividly shared. Urgently required now at the 40th anniversary of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act is a strategy to reverse the negative schemes that are causing their demise in the wild. As described, Reserve Design provides a way for establishing self-stabilizing populations through intelligent and caring programs executed with enthusiasm.

 Their lesson for humanity concerns how to share freedom and the land with such paragons of nature. Soaring beyond mundane pettiness and with an inspired vision for the future of all life, the elevated perspective and compassionate spirit of this book will prove key to accomplishing its critical goal. In the wild the vigor of any kind is preserved. And the entire horse family—as the Earth itself—needs America’s wild horses and burros to continue at vital levels into the future here in their evolutionary cradle and worldwide.

 The author has defended wild horses/burros against attacks for over 40 years and observed many of the West’s colorful herds. He has also studied the endangered mountain tapir and is president of the Andean Tapir Fund, also dedicated to saving wild horses/burros ( He is a member of the IUCN Species Survival Commission, board member of  The Cloud Foundation and has written popular, scientific articles and books, including action plans for endangered species. He enjoys nature photography and musical composition, lives in Nevada, and is proud companion of mustangs Lightning, a palomino stallion, and Princess Diane, his curly mare.  He first knew them in the wilds of NW Nevada before they were captured by BLM in 2010.

 To order Craig’s groundbreaking book, send $25 (incl. taxes, shipping & handling) either to Andean Tapir Fund (tax-deductible) or to Craig C. Downer, both at P.O. Box 456, Minden, NV 89423-0456 USA.

 Alternatively, you may use PayPal to purchase the book by calling up and clicking on PayPal.  To order more than one book, please pay $20 per book for up to 5 books, $18 for over 5 books (which includes taxes, shipping & handling). This book is also available at

 For any questions or to arrange for a speaking, picture showing and book signing event, write the author at the above address, or call (775) 267-3484 or (775) 901-2094 or email An enhanced offering of the book along with a CD with 45 minutes of original melodies by the author describing the daily life of the mustangs in 13 medleys and performed by gifted pianist Joanne Grauer is available for $35 (including taxes, shipping & handling).


  1. Suzanne Moore · ·

    Need to spread this far and wide. Craig Downer is one of the most splendid, kind and well educated people I’ve ever known. If you don’t believe Craig Downer, who WOULD you believe? He not only knows this stuff, he has a way of putting things that is SO logical and understandable, even for those not so well versed in this subject.


    1. Thanks so much, Suzanne! I really appreciate this. Hope enough people do read my book. This will make a big positive difference for the wild horses. Best wishes, Craig

      1. Suzanne Moore · ·

        I only tell the truth as I see it, Craig. Will do all I can to bring this book to the public’s attention. I consider it a must read. Hope it’s not too late.
        Give my best to Lightening and Princess Diane!

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