Elvis was one of over 1900 wild horses captured during the devastating 2010 roundup in the Calico Mountains Complex of Nevada. After a grueling helicopter stampede on January 20th, 2010, Elvis was chased into the trap and lost his freedom forever. Exhausted, confused and without his family by his side, we can only imagine what he was experiencing.
When it was time Elvis was to be sold to the highest bidder through the devastating Sale Authority amendment to the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act. Return to Freedom supporters bid on and were able to secure Elvis, and 18 other wild stallions. After having lost their freedom, their families, and their homes, we had to do what we could to give them back a little of what they lost. Return to Freedom also secured 80 mares from the roundup. At the sanctuary, Elvis has become more trusting of humans over the years at the sanctuary but is a bit of a loner with the other stallions. He prefers to avoid conflict.
For generations, ancestors of cavalry and ranch horses have interbred and survived in the remote and challenging habitat of the Calico Mountains. They have adapted to this environment and returned to a natural state over the past few hundred years. These stout horses are a vital link to our Great Basin heritage.