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Joel Berger

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780226043630

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226043647.001.0001

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Nomads of the Gobi

Nomads of the Gobi

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(p.218) Chapter 13 Nomads of the Gobi
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The Better to Eat You With
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Joel Berger

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226043647.003.0014

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

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