Keepers at Taronga Western Plains Zoo are delighted by the arrival of a female Przewalski’s Horse foal born on 13 February 2014.
The yet to be named foal is the third offspring for experienced mother, Genghis, and was sired by Viktor.
“The birth of this foal is another success for the breeding program which saw two foals born about the same time last year,” said keeper, Jackie Stuart.
“Both mother and foal are doing well, with the foal staying close by Genghis’s side most of the time, however she is curious of her surroundings and is often observed inquisitively pawing at her mother’s lucerne hay,” said Jackie.
Przewalski’s Horse are critically endangered in the wild and were once classified as extinct. Through the collaboration of world zoos including Taronga Western Plains Zoo, numbers have started to continue to increase in Mongolia.
From five Taronga Western Plains Zoo mares that were reintroduced in 1995 to the Gobi Desert in Mongolia as part of a world zoo herd of 50 animals, three generations have been born, totalling 18 individuals.
“There are now almost 2000 Przewalski’s Horses in human care and in the wild today which is a huge step for the species that was once extinct.”
The reintroduction of Przewalski’s Horse to Mongolia is a global conservation success with many zoos and wildlife parks working together to ensure the long-term survival of the species.
“Both mother and foal are on exhibit with the rest of the Przewalski’s Horse herd. If you arrive early to the Zoo you might be lucky enough to see the foal have a little gallop around the paddock as she often does in the mornings,” said Jackie.