Latest Przewalski's Horse Stories
The recent birth of a Przewalski's horse at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute has given new hope for the future of the rare and endangered species, which at one time was believed to be extinct.
Winters in the Gobi desert are usually long and very cold but the winter of 2009/2010 was particularly severe, a condition Mongolians refer to as “dzud”.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature said on Thursday that the Western Black Rhino of Africa has been declared officially extinct.
An endangered species of horse -- known as Przewalski's horse -- is much more distantly related to the domestic horse than researchers had previously hypothesized.
Wild asses are descendants of the original ancestors of the horse and the donkey, but unfortunately most species of wild ass are now in danger of extinction.
Of around seven land vertebrate species whose survival in the wild is threatened one is also kept in captivity.
French scientists say they've determined the adult-young ratio is much more important to a child's social development that just the mere presence of adults. Marie Bourjade, Alice de Boyer des Roches and Martine Hausberger of the University of Rennes, France, studied the effects of adult-young ratios in naturally-formed groups of Przewalski horses on aggression rates and social cohesion of young horses. Przewalski horses constitute a very adequate model for investigating the educational roles...
By Paul Walsh, Star Tribune, Minneapolis Aug. 1--The Minnesota Zoo is celebrating a significant conservation accomplishment with the birth of its first Asian wild horse since 1988.
U.S. veterinarians at the Smithsonian's National Zoo say they have performed the first reverse vasectomy on an endangered equine species. The procedure was performed on a Przewalski's horse. That species, native to China and Mongolia, was declared extinct in the wild in 1970.
By Michele Munz, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jun. 18--Dr. Sherman Silber has long been a trailblazer in fertility. Now the St. Louis-area surgeon is taking his expertise in humans and using it for endangered animals.
The Wild Horse (Equus ferus) is a species of the genus Equus, which includes as subspecies the modern domesticated horse as well as the undomesticated Tarpan, now extinct, and the endangered Przewalski’s horse. The Przewalski’s Horse was saved from the edge of extinction and reintroduced with success in the wild. The Tarpan became extinct during the 19th century, although it was a possible ancestor of the domestic horse, and roamed the steppes of Eurasia at the time of domestication....
The Tarpan, Equus ferus ferus, is an extinct species of Eurasian wild horse. The last specimen died in captivity in Ukraine in 1918 or 1919. The Tarpan was first described in 1774 by Johann Friedrich Gmelin, who had first seen the horse in 1769 in the region of Bobrovsk, near Voronezh. Polish farmers often crossed the tarpan with their domestic horses. The result was a small horse breed, the konik. Koniks and other similar horse breeds are now being used to bring back the tarpan from...
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