Posted on 07th January 2019 by Media Relations
Christmas came early for Taronga Western Plains Zoom, Dubbo in the form of two Takhi foals born on 17 and 19 December 2018.
The foals born were one male and one female, bringing the number of new arrivals born at the Wild Herds exhibit in 2018 to six.
Takhi, also known as Przewalski’s Horses, are classified as endangered but were once extinct in the wild. Prior to reintroduction programs in the early 1990s, Takhi were last seen in the wild in the Gobi Desert in south Mongolia.
Their numbers dwindled as a result of human interference, such as poaching and capture. Today their main threats are habitat loss and low genetic diversity.
The two newest foals are currently staying close by their mother’s sides however, over time will start interacting more with the older foals.
A great time to see all the foals is in the morning when they often enjoy a little gallop around the paddock and have their morning feed.