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Denver Zoo

October 30, 2015 14:07 ET

Denver Zoo Welcomes Przewalski's Horse Foal

Male Horse Is Only Second Birth of Its Species at Zoo in More Than 20 Years

DENVER, CO--(Marketwired - October 30, 2015) - Denver Zoo is celebrating the birth of an endangered Przewalski's (sheh-VAL-skee’s) horse foal, born the morning of October 29. The male, unnamed foal, was born to mother, Yisun, and father, Bataar. This is only the second birth of this species at Denver Zoo since 1991. The foal is quietly exploring its yard under the watchful eye of its mother, but guests can see them both from the Zoo’s main pathway now.

The Przewalski’s horse is considered the only remaining, truly “wild” horse in the world and may be the closest living wild relative of the domesticated horse. There are a number of other wild equine species, including three species of zebra, and various subspecies of the African wild ass, onager and kiang.

Przewalski’s horses, also called Mongolian wild horses or Asiatic wild horses, once roamed throughout Europe and Asia. Today, they are only found on reserves in Mongolia and China and in zoos around the world. The species was actually extinct in the wild for almost 30 years, before reintroduction projects began in the early 1990s. The horses faced a number of threats that may have led to their extinction, including hunting, military activities and competition with livestock for resources.

Captive breeding programs, supported by zoos, helped keep this species from disappearing completely from the globe. Recent estimates indicate that there are now more than 380 in the wild and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) classifies them as endangered. Denver Zoo has a small herd, which helps support these efforts. This new foal is an exciting addition to the world population.

Denver Zoo is a leader in conservation around the world and has a number of projects specifically in Mongolia. To achieve Denver Zoo’s mission, to secure a better world for animals through human understanding,the Conservation Biology Department works with communities, local governments, and various non-governmental organizations to develop innovative solutions to conservation issues around the world. Current programs in Mongolia focus on the capacity building with local communities and efforts to preserve and conserve the important habitats and wildlife found in the region. The argali sheep, cinereous vulture and wild Bactrian camels are several of the species Denver Zoo is currently focusing on.

About Denver Zoo: Denver Zoo brings education alive, providing a unique learning experience that sparks an interest in the natural world for visitors and program participants alike. Home to 4,300 animals representing more than 600 species, the Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), which assures the highest standards of animal care.

A leader in green action, Denver Zoo is the greenest zoo in the country and is dedicated to ensuring the safety of the environment in support of all species by attaining the highest environmental standards. Since 1996, Denver Zoo has participated in about 600 animal conservation projects in 62 countries on all seven continents.

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