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CANA FOUNDATION’S MANDA KALIMIAN She’s Making A Difference By Patricia Canole | Photography Neil Tandy | Makeup by Theresa Lambert For Manda Kalimian—author, environmental and animal advocate, founder & CEO of CANA Foundation—wild horses that roam America’s West are endangered, as are our lands. What saddens her is that these creatures that are very much native to American soil not …



STOP THE ROUNDUPS! REWILD. The Bureau of Land Management did not waste a moment sharing their plans for the wild horses in 2022. On January 5th, they announced they would be rounding up 22,000 wild horses and burros this year. Less than a week later, on January 11th, they started with the Pancake region in Nevada. The BLM has set out …

Day Of The Horse—Press Release

CANA Foundation Marks the National Day of the Horse with Rewilding News & Initiatives CANA Foundation Marks the National Day of the Horse with Rewilding News & Initiatives Link to original release On December 13, 2021, when Congress Designated the Day to Encourage Americans to be Mindful of the Contribution of Horses to U.S. Economy, History, and Character, the New …

Long Island Horse Rescuer Manda Kalimian Was ‘Born to Rewild’

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Long Island Horse Rescuer Manda Kalimian Was ‘Born to Rewild’ Wild horses that roam America’s Western rangelands descended from indigenous populations and were not all imported from Spain—an important distinction that means mustangs have been misclassified as an invasive species. Those findings in a recent scientific study are among the revelations that Manda Kalimian, the founder and president of the …


Saving our Honey Bees and Wild Horses

Saving our Honey Bees and Wild Horses “Much of a Muchness” Did you know that 7 of the 10 top honey-producing states are in the American West? Topping the list producing over 38.6 million pounds of honey a year valued at 61 million dollars is North Dakota—followed by South Dakota, California, Texas, Montana, Minnesota, and Idaho.  Honey bees are pollinators; they are the farmer’s …


LI woman works to save wild mustangs headed for slaughter

LI woman works to save wild mustangs headed for slaughter By Joan Gralla Updated September 10, 2021, 7:54 AM Original Article Here  Today’s wild mustangs are native to North America, not heirs of Spanish conquistadors’ mounts, according to a Locust Valley rescuer who says new DNA research should help save them from being slaughtered by the thousands in Mexico and Canada. …

Born to Be Wild

Born to be Wild.Animal advocates are pushing back against the roundup of Utah’s Onaqui wild horse herd.Utah is home to one of the most famous herds of wild horses in America, the Onaqui. Named for the Onaqui Mountains, more than 500 horses roam free in rangeland just outside Tooele, roughly 60 miles from Salt Lake City. Tourists, photographers, horse lovers …

Op-Ed—LA Times: Let wild horses do their part to save the West

Op-Ed—LA Times: Let wild horses do their part to save the West BY MANDA KALIMIAN AUG. 16, 2021 3 AM PT America’s wild horses are in crisis. Throughout the West, they are being rounded up and kept by the government in what amount to prisons before being sterilized or auctioned off — some to owners who will treasure them, but others …

Opinion: We have too many wild horses. But this is no way to thin the herd.

Helicopter Horse Roundup

Opinion: We have too many wild horses. But this is no way to thin the herd.A group of wild horses is herded using a helicopter toward the Bureau of Land Management trap during the wild horse gather near Ely, Nevada on July 9, 2019. (Carolyn Van Houten/The Washington Post)The Bureau of Land Management’s annual helicopter roundup of wild horses and burros …

Rewilding Horses Helps to Mitigate Effects of the Megadrought

Desert Horses

Rewilding Horses Helps to Mitigate Effects of the MegadroughtWe are living in a time where climate change is showing itself in multiple ways affecting all our lives. The western plains states are facing a megadrought and each year it becomes more severe. As water is continually dried up from the environment due to rising temperatures and aridification, plants are driven …

Well-Digging Donkeys

There is little that demonstrates the dramatic effects that species-removal can have on an ecosystem better than the story of feral desert donkeys digging wells. Generally considered a threat to the natural environment, this once essential labor force gives life to dozens of species by unearthing life-giving water which creates balance in bio-diversity that has long been overlooked. In short, …


A Horse is a Horse… Of Course! Now Proven Through Ancient DNA

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A newly published paper by an international group of collaborators demonstrates that ancient horse populations in North America and Eurasia maintained contact for hundreds of thousands of years, rather than becoming separate species. It is from this stock that the modern domestic horse developed. The study, led by Alisa Vershinina, PhD, from the Paleogenomics Lab at University of California Santa Cruz, investigated whether certain …

The Hill Op-Ed: Managing wild horses on the public lands

The Hill Op-Ed: Managing wild horses on the public lands “The future of our environment and all that it sustains is a priority for the new administration,” writes Michael Connor in a new Op-Ed on wild horses in The Hill, the largest independent political news site in the United States. We are thrilled that Connor’s thoughts for “restoring protection and preservation as …

The Story of the Horse

Wild horses in Wyoming

Learn about the story of the horse and how scientists are studying the evolutionary history of the horse using fossil and modern evidence.

Groundbreaking UCSC Study on Horse Migration and New York Times Exposes Horse Slaughter

Story of the Horse Animated Image

In positive news, a groundbreaking UCSC study on horse migration is bringing us one step closer to proving horses are native to North America. Meanwhile, The New York Times revealed this week that some people who are paid by the government to give legally protected mustangs “good homes” are sending the horses to auction. Dave Philipps broke The New York …

Spotlight on Laura Leigh

Lara Leigh

Laura Leigh joins the CANA Foundation team as an advisor, bringing a plethora of expertise.

Deb Haaland, UN Letter & More March News

Tree planting to help the world

This month’s news rundown reveals stories related to politics, the environment and leisure pursuits, including rewilding spaces for travel lovers.

Native Voices Video Series

Native Voices Series Standing Rock Sioux

Filmed at Standing Rock in North Dakota in Oct 2016, hear about horses, spirituality and our environment from Native Voices.

Cana Foundation on Morning Joe on MSNBC

Cana Foundation Morning Joe

Last week, the CANA Foundation joined Morning Joe’s, led by co-host Mika Brzezinski, to discuss how the Trump budget would affect wild horses. The appearance was part of a major publicity campaign to raise awareness of a key vote by the Senate Appropriations Committee that could reopen the door to allow horse slaughter in the United States. CANA Foundation’s campaign involves …

Manda Kalimian Featured in Downtown Magazine

Manda Kalimian and her work as the President of the Cana Foundation is featured in Downtown Magazine, a magazine that features a sophisticated appreciation for the culture that embodies Lower Manhattan. This glossy, luxury publication showcases the heartbeat and attitude of this lavishly diverse community. Deborah Martin writes: Manda Kalimian created the Cana Foundation to save American wild horses from harm. …


Wild Horse Grazing Can Help Our Planet


Let’s talk about the importance of horse grazing to the environment. Not many people know this, but horses feeding off of the land is the healthiest way to preserve our lands.

Long Island Press: Federal Agency Considering Rewilding Wild Horses

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Manda Kalimian, founder of the CANA Foundation, is quoted in the Long Island Press in a new story entitled, “Long Island Advocates Optimistic That Federal Agency Considering Rewilding Wild Horses,” focusing on Long Island-based animal advocates working to save wild horses in the American West. Manda’s Locust Valley-based nonprofit horse advocacy group, Cana Foundation, helps find homes for adopted wild …

Groundbreaking Rewilding Legislation for Wild Horses in FY2020 Interior Appropriations Budget

Horses running in the American West

The Cana Foundation hailed bipartisan language in the FY2020 Interior Appropriations Budget as a management option for America’s wild horses. The House Appropriations FY 2020 Interior, Environment and Related Agencies appropriations bill encourages rewilding for wild horse and burro management. This groundbreaking legislation will open up the opportunity to save millions of taxpayer dollars spent on keeping wild horses in …

CANA Foundation Selected as Sidelines Magazine’s December 2018 Charity of the Month

Cana Foundation Dec Charity of the Month

CANA Foundation has been selected by Sidelines Magazine as the publication’s December Charity of the Month. Sidelines is one of the most widely read equestrian publications, focusing on the world of horses from wild populations and conservation to dressage and showjumping. Each month, Sidelines selects a charity to highlight which exemplifies the outlet’s mission of horse population preservation and sanctuary. …

CANA Foundation Hosts First Annual Bipartisan Legislative Panel at the Hampton Classic Horse Show

Hampton Classic Steve Israel

The CANA Foundation hosted its First Annual Hampton Classic Bipartisan Legislative Panel, which gathered an audience of more than 100 and sought to draw national attention to the humane and sustainable management of wild horses throughout the country. The CANA Foundation held the inaugural, bipartisan panel on Saturday, September 1st at the Hampton Classic, bringing together a diverse crowd of accomplished experts, …

Cana Foundation Participates in “Horses on the Hill” Event

Horses on the Hill

Cana Foundation was honored to be part of “Horses on the Hill,” an event with celebrities, school children and citizen advocates who joined Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., sponsor of the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (S. 1176 / H.R. 2966), at the Capitol to urge legislators to permanently protect our nation’s horses from inhumane slaughter. The event was co-hosted by …