Przewaliski Horse


Tucson, United States

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Przewaliski Horse (Equidae ferus)
Endangered ( on the red list, highest on the list)
Life span in captivity aqbout 20 years
Size Height at shoulders 48-56 in (122-142cm) the same size as the registered breed Ponies of America
Weight 440 750 lbs. (200 to 340 kg)
Color, Dark brown or rusty color on top, light bellies, with a stripe down the backbone, running from mane to tail head.
Group name Herd
Live along the China-Mongolia border and near Kazakstan
They have 66 chromosomes compared to domestic horse which has 64 chromosomes
Taken at Dan Diego Zoo. They have the largest herd of these horses at the Wild Life Park. It is a breeding herd and with other herds in the US have a breeding program. The program has re-established the horses to the Asian Steppes. Discovered by N. W. Przewalski in early 20th century. All 14 were captukred and brought to a zoo.
San Diego zoo working with two other zoologists are working on DNA from fossils of wild horses found in caves and living DNA to see if or how these are related to domistic horses of today.
In Mongolia they have been domisticated and domistication has changed them somewhat.
These horses resemble zebra’s with the upright mane, with on forelock like modern day horses.
Results of the DNA test aare ongoing with no statics available.
Results of the breeding program has been release of several small herds back to the Steppes.

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