- Scientific Name: Equus ferus caballus
- Appearance: They are generally smaller than other breeds of horses, averaging between 4.5 to 5 feet tall. Their bodies are also generally more compact and hardy than other breeds, making them very versatile. They have a variety of very distinctive colorings, ranging from the spotted pintos to solid palominos.
- Range: They require large amounts of land in order to roam and graze. This leads them to the semi-arid plains of the American west.
- Why they are disappearing: Mustangs are facing severe habitat loss due to the ranching industry’s continuing expansion. Their grazing habits are seen as pests that use the cattle’s resources. This has lead to the creation of a government agency that is removing and selling the mustangs to remove them from the land. The majority of these mustangs are knowingly sent to slaughter-houses for use in pet food and in foreign countries as a delicacy.