Przewalski's Wild Horse

GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION: 
Mongolia

DIET: 
Grasses

HABITAT: 
Semi-arid Gobi desert grasslands called steppes. High mountains with forests form the skyline on the edges of the steppe grasslands.

DESCRIPTION: 
Small brown colored sturdy horses with short and erect manes, short guard hairs on their tails and unlike domestic horses, a dark stripe that runs from the mane down the back to the top edge of the tail.  

DID YOU KNOW? 
The World Conservation Union declared the Przewalski's horse extinct in the wild in 1970. Thanks to zoos and other facilities where small groups of Przewalski's horses still survived, a breeding conservation program was established in 1977. Reintroduction efforts are now underway in Mongolia, China, Kazakhstan and Ukraine. There are now approximately 325 free-ranging re-introduced and born in the wild Przewalski's wild horses in Mongolia, the only country where truly wild reintroduced populations exist within its historic range. The success of reintroduction efforts has resulted in the status of the species being changed from extinct in the wild to critically endangered.

MORE ABOUT OUR ANIMALS:
Vladimir and Vitalis are brothers born at the Minnesota Zoo on July 6, 2008 and June 19, 2009. Both arrived at the El Paso Zoo on November 30, 2010.

HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED IN CONSERVATION EFFORTS: 
Read about Przewalski's horses online and check out books from your local library. Become a member of the El Paso Zoological Society. Funds raised by the Society are used to support conservation efforts at the Zoo and in the wild.

JUST FOR KIDS: 
Your children can adopt a Przewalski’s horse from the El Paso Zoological Society. Funds support the Zoo’s conservation and education efforts. Children can use their own money or get their classmates and friends involved and adopt an animal as a group. Learn more at http://www.elpasozoosociety.org.