Przewalski’s Horse

Przewalski’s horse is a very social animal forming permanent herds consisting of one stallion and 4-10 mares with their offspring.

Przewalski’s horse is a very social animal and exhibits a harem defense polygyny. This species forms permanent herds consisting of one dominant stallion and four to ten mares with their offspring.

There may be other young males in the band, but the dominant male treats them very cruelly. Traces of numerous bites have been found on two-year-old colt hides from observed herds.

The stallion is responsible for the herd’s protection and coordinates daily movements of the group as they wander to graze, drink, or rest.


Image | © Marie Hale, Some Rights Reserved, (CC BY 2.0)
Sources | Denver Zoological Foundation, 1997; King, Boyd, Zimmermann, & Kendall, 2015; Luu, 2002; Van Dierendonck, Bandi, Batdorj, Dugerlham, & Munkhtsog, 1996

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