Quick facts about the Save Kosci walk

560 km - approximately 790,000 steps

3rd November 2018 to mid-December, from central Sydney to summit of Kosciuszko

Four full distance walkers, two of whom are available for phone interviews while walking. Contact convenor@savekosci.org or 0473 919 441

Over a hundred walkers walked on first day; over two hundred expected on final day

Other days between 7 and 50 walkers expected

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Wild horse damage in or near Kosciuszko National Park

Early stages of wild horse damage to the small creek that is the water source for Bill Jones Hut, Cooleman Plains, Kosciuszko National Park, 2014. Note circular hoof prints (= horses, not pigs). No credit required.

Same place, 2018. Note the increased damage, in just 4 years. No credit required.

Exclusion fences, Cowombat Flat, near the NSW-Victorian border, shows the effect of excluding horses. No credit required.

Former Currango Swamp, Kosciuszko National Park, May 2018. In the 1970s, after the end of cattle grazing in Kosciuszko National Park, this area was knee-deep grass protecting clear streams. No credit required. Related story: A fisherman's tale.

Feral horse damage to sphagnum bog area, between Dead Horse Gap and Cascade Hut, Kosciuszko National Park. No credit required.

Tributary of the upper Murray, showing muddy prints of wild horses, 6 km due west of Tin Mine Huts. No credit required.

Near the head of the Murray River, note circular hoof prints from wild horses in the damaged area. No credit required.

Wild horse trampling edges of waterhole, on private property 200 metres from Kosciuszko National Park boundary, first image in pair

Spot tailed quoll (vulnerable species) needs to use stick to cross horse-trampled mud, same place as above image, second image in pair

Wild horse damage commencing, head of the Eucumbene River, Kosciuszko National Park

Dodging wild horse manure - the walking experience between Selwyn and Mt Tabletop, Kosciuszko National Park

Beauty of Kosciuszko National Park

Snow Gum, Jagungal Wilderness Area. This area has seen little wild horse damage yet, but horses are now appearing within 1 kilometre. Credit please to Tony Brown. 7 mb.

North Ramshead Range, Kosciuszko National Park. At 2100 metres, this spot shows no wild horse damage yet,  but they have been observed within a few hundred metres. Please credit Tony Brown.

Untrampled tarn, Jagungal Wilderness Area, Kosciuszko National park. This area has seen little wild horse damage yet, but horses are now appearing within 1 kilometre. No credit required.

Animals under threat

Broad toothed mouse. Please credit Ken Green. Related story.

Starving horses

Starving horse on the Snowy River, Kosciuszko National Park. Too many horses - too little food. Humane culling would prevent this suffering. No credit required. 834 kb

Dead horse, Snowy River. One of many dead horses  found beside the Snowy River this spring. They have plenty of water, but over-population means they don't have enough food. No credit required. 215 kb.

The Save Kosci walk

Save Kosci Walkers in inner west Sydney, near Cup and Saucer Creek, Canterbury on Day 2 Sunday 4th N0vember 2018. 3 mb

Striding along Milperra Road into the westerly sun on Day 2 Sunday 4th N0vember 2018.  7 mb

Anoulack Chanthivong, member for Macquarie Fields, met the walkers at Glenfield Station, on Day 4.

Sally Quinnell, Labor candidate for Camden, chats with Save Kosci walkers before they set off on Day 5.

A Save Kosci walker chats with a local - a horse in the right place - a paddock - and well-cared for. Near Camden. Day 5.

Save Kosci walkers passing through wild flower country near Hilltop, Day 6