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Przewalski's Wild Horse Exhibit features one of the most unique and rare animals of our time

March 13, 2011. Situated in the Asia section of the Zoo the new Przewalski's Wild Horse exhibit features the only remaining truly wild "horse" in the world . Thanks to the dedication of a small network of animal conservationists, a global effort has been successful in bringing this majestic animal back from the brink of extinction, right to El Paso for all to enjoy and appreciate.

The Przewalski's wild horse (pronounced p)she-VAHL-skeez) went extinct in the wild during the 1960s. Thanks to zoos and other facilities where small groups of Przewalski's horses still survived, a breeding conservation program was established in 1977. Today there are approximately 325 re-introduced and native-born Przewalski's wild horses living in the wilds of Mongolia.

The Mongolian name for these horses is takhi, which means spirit. Horses are central to Mongolian culture, and takhi are a symbol of their national heritage. The Przewalski's wild horse may be the closest living wild relative of the modern horse. DNA evidence shows that modern horses are descended from not one, but several wild populations suggesting that they were domesticated in different areas of the world.

Just the Facts

The Przewalski's Horse is smaller than our domesticated horse. They sport short and Mohawk-like manes. They have short guard hairs on their tails and unlike domestic horses, have a dark stripe that runs from the mane down the back to the top edge of the tail. The horses also have a pony-like head, stand 48-56 inches at the shoulder and weigh about 750 pounds.

The El Paso Zoo opens daily at 9:30 am and the ticket booth closes at 4:00pm. For more information call (915) 521-1850.
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The El Paso Zoo is a thirty five-acre home to about 228 species of animals. Approximately 420 mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds, 100 fish and 300 invertebrates live in a variety of natural habitat exhibits including a Reptile House, South American Pavilion, Americas Aviary, Cisneros Paraje, Birds of Prey, Forest Atrium, Asian Grasslands and an Elephant Complex. The El Paso Zoo is a member of the American Zoo and Aquarium Association (AZA). With its more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation.

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