In February 2004, the devoted members of the preservation society moved the entire wild herd of brumbies to their new home, the scenic block of land, dubbed ‘Brumbies Run’ – which was an appropriate nickname for the wild ponies’ new home!
Brumbies Run features various vantage spots that provide visitors with sweeping views of Kellidie Bay as well as the chance to see the wild brumbies in action without disturbing them. This new location has allowed the brumbies to run as free as possible with as little contact with humans as possible to maintain their wild horse status. This parcel of land was once part of the original ‘Hawson’ lease
, where the Coffin Bay Brumbies originated.
Emphasis will be on a conservation reserve with a twist, in that it will contain what we believe are our own endangered local native ponies. The preservation area is fenced to keep the ever-populous kangaroo and emu population from breaking the barrier and reaching the brumbies. Regular fox baiting and feral cat control is a feature of this management, and there is no doubt that there will be many small native species that will thrive in a secure environment, safe from predators.
After being backed into a corner by militant environmental groups that enforced the eviction of the brumbies from their home of 160 years, we are determined to prove that we were always right. We will also prove that closure of all the National Park watering holes, some of which have been there for hundreds of years, will result in tragedy for native species in the area, particularly birds, whose ancestors have relied on these water points for centuries.