Przewalski’s horse was considered extinct in the wild until 1996, but due to successful reintroductions, the population currently consists of more than 50 wild mature individuals.
Wolves, such as the grey wolf (Canis lupus), and humans prey on Przewalski’s horse.
Przewalski’s horse’s tan to reddish brown coloration helps it blend into its grassland and desert habitat.
The Przewalski’s horse’s upper and lower incisors are used for cutting vegetation, while its many hypsodont cheek teeth are used for grinding.
Although there is currently no use or trade in Przewalski’s horses, there is potential for capture of animals for cross-breeding as racehorses.
Lifespan for Przewalski’s horse is 20-25 years.
Although, historically, Przewalski’s horse has declined drastically because of excessive hunting for meat, hunting has been prohibited since 1930 and is not currently a threat.
After sexual maturity, female Przewalski’s horses remain in the herd, but males are driven away to live in bachelor groups before establishing or stealing their own harems.
Unlike domestic horses, Przewalski’s horse sheds the hairs on its tail and mane in the summer all at once before growing a denser coat in the winter.
Przewalski’s horse mating and birth occurs in the same season, since females come into heat seven to eight days after giving birth.
Przewalkski’s horse is the last remaining species of wild horse and inhabits the grasslands and deserts of China and Mongolia. This social species has never been domesticated, but can hybridize with the domestic horse. With less than 200 mature individuals, this species is considered endangered from overhunting … Learn More
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