america’s voice for wild horse & burro conservation

American Wild Horse Conservation (AWHC) is the nation's champion for humane, in-the-wild protection of wild horses and burros on our public lands.

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Protecting wild horses and burros is a team effort. Get involved today to start making a difference.

an american original

America is the birthplace of the world's first horses, and today is home to at least 80,000 free-roaming wild horses and burros.

Their centuries-long heritage embodies the unbreakable spirit of the American wild — a legacy worth protecting.

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WHY WE EXIST

WHY WE EXIST

keeping AMERICA’S PROMISE TO WILD HORSES

THE PROMISE

After a huge national movement, the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971 was unanimously passed by Congress, and declared wild equines as “an integral part of the natural system of the public lands.”

THE PROBLEM

Despite legal protection, the Federal Bureau of Land Management spends more than $137 million each year to cruelly remove and confine tens of thousands of wild horses and burros using helicopters.

OUR SOLUTION

There’s a better way. AWHC works to advance ethical and responsible conservation of wild horses and burros. In-the-wild conservation is humane, cost-effective, scalable, and based on rigorous science.

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KEEP WILD HORSES WILD

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OUR EFFORTS

CONSERVATION IN ACTION

Igniting Wild Horse & Burro Policy

We advocate for legislation in Washington DC to improve government accountability and transparency. 

Our legal and investigations team protects wild horses and burros in the courts and exposes noncompliance with federal law and Congressional mandates.

Setting the Conservation Standard

AWHC is revolutionizing wild horse conservation across the American West. We are expanding protected habitats in places like Fish Springs, Nevada; and improving protection standards. Nevada’s Virginia Range is home to the world’s leading wild horse fertility control initiative. These successes are influencing Congress to redirect funds away from helicopter roundups and other cruel practices that remove wild horses from the wild.

Building Informed Advocacy

We have built a nationwide network of advocates, volunteer ambassadors and rescue organizations to amplify support for wild horse and burro conservation. Our impactful media campaigns – including billboards in Times Square and Washington DC’s National Mall – engage new supporters and influencers, building a passionate community dedicated to safeguarding these majestic animals.

BE THEIR VOICE

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AWHC welcomes the support of active members and volunteers who are ready to help us protect our wild horses and burros!

If you are interested in helping AWHC as a volunteer please complete this form and indicate your areas of interest.

halt the helicopters!

Horse protection day (March 1) is a day of action! We’re calling on Congress to ban the use of cruel helicopter roundups by supporting the Wild Horse and Burro Protection Act, H.R. 3656, led by Nevada’s US Rep. Dina Titus.