Przewalski’s Horse

Equus przewalksi

Though closely related to the domestic horse, Przewalski’s horse has never been domesticated and is truly a wild horse. Highly social, the horses live in harems consisting of a single male and several females.

Young males often form bachelor groups until they are able to lead their own harem.

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  • Nibbling each others’ backs and sides is a sign of alliance between group members.
  • Within half an hour of its birth, a foal is on its feet and moving with the herd.
  • In the face of natural predators like wolves, mares will surround the foals to protect them while the stallion charges at the intruders.

Fact File

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pronunciationPronunciation: sheh-VAL-skee
where to see themWhere to see them: Wildlife Canyon
lengthLength: Up to 7 ft
weightWeight: Up to 770 lbs
lifespanLifespan: 20 yrs in captivity
habitatHabitat: Dry grasslands and desert
dietDiet: Primarily grass, some bark, leaves, fruits, and roots
exclamationRisk Status: Species at Risk (IUCN—Critically Endangered )