Craig C. Downer is a wildlife ecologist who has extensively studied both the wild horses of the West and the endangered mountain tapirs of the northern Andes. He has given speeches and written many articles, including encyclopedic, and several books. His works are both popular and scientific, in English, Spanish and translated to German. Several of these concern wild horses, their ecological contribution, their North American evolutionary roots, their great natural and social value and their survival plight. He is a member of the World Conservation Union, Species Survival Commission and has written the Action Plan for the mountain tapir (1997).
In the first half, George Knapp was joined by wildlife ecologist Craig Downer and horse advocate Jerry Reynoldson to discuss America's magnificent wild horses that have been unfairly targeted for elimination in what has been called the Wild Horse Conspiracy.