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Przewalski’s Horse Foals Born at Highland Wildlife Park

Posted By : The Animal Facts Editorial Team

Date: April 30, 2021 10:00 pm

Przewalski's Horse Foal Royal Zoological Society of Scotland

A Przewalski’s horse foal stands beside its mother at the Highland Wildlife Park

Photo Credit: RZSS

A pair of Przewalski’s horse foals were born at The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland’s Highland Wildlife Park during April. Mother’s Tuya and Leda gave birth to their foals in the park’s drive-through reserve.

Leda welcomed her foal first on April 15th while Tuya gave birth to her foal on April 20th 2021. Both foals share the same da, Chaqatai.

These are the first of what conservationists at the park hope will be many births for the threatened species housed there this breeding season. It is expected that European bison and red deer will give birth in the coming weeks.

Przewalski's Horse Foal Royal Zoological Society of Scotland

A Przewalski’s horse foal stands beside its mother at the Highland Wildlife Park

Photo Credit: RZSS

The Przewalski’s wild horse is a true conservation success story. They were brought back from near extinction through captive breeding and eventual release back to their native habitat in Mongolia.

Keith Gilchrist, animal collection manager at Highland Wildlife Park, said, “Both of our foals are getting on really well and can be spotted trotting around the reserve with the rest of the herd.” 

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“Their arrival represents a potentially important contribution to the future of this Endangered species, who have gone from being extinct in the wild to once again roaming their native habitat,” added Gilchrist.  

“This huge feat and is directly attributable to the efforts of the zoo community and the successful reintroduction of this species shows just how important a carefully managed captive population is to restoring and safeguarding the future of animals.” 

Przewalski's Horse Foal Royal Zoological Society of Scotland

A Przewalski’s horse foal stands beside its mother at the Highland Wildlife Park

Photo Credit: RZSS

Learn more about Przewalski’s Wild Horse here – Przewalski’s Wild Horse Fact File | The Animal Facts

Learn more about the RZSS on their website – RZSS

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