A spunky Przewalski’s Horse was born on April 30 at Scotland’s Highland Wildlife Park. Once extinct in the wild, Przewalski’s (pronounced Shevalsky’s) or Mongolian Wild Horses have been reintroduced to their native habitat thanks to the efforts of several European zoos.
Photo Credit: Highland Wildlife Park/Royal Zoological Society of Scotland
The little foal, which has not yet been named, follows its mother Val around the drive-through reserve and appears to be healthy and strong.
Found in the steppes of Central Asia, Przelwalski’s Wild Horses are the last surviving species of wild Horse and are classified as Endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Formally listed as extinct in the wild in 1969, the IUCN reclassified Przelwalski’s Wild Horses to Endangered after the species was successfully re-introduced into their native Mongolia in 1992.
Though zoos have had success breeding this species and they have become reestablished in the wild, Przelwalski’s Wild Horse populations are still considered precarious, partly due to threats from poachers.