Its Wildlife Wednesday! This week we highlight the endangered Przewalski's horse - the last remaining wild horse breed.
It’s Wildlife Wednesday! This week we highlight the endangered Przewalski's horse of Mongolia—the last remaining wild horse breed in the world.
Habitat: the shrub-lands and plains of Mongolia, and Northern China
Przewalski's horse trivia
Why they’re threatened
Przewalski's horses were hunted for food, and much of their habitat was turned into farmland. At one time they were designated as extinct in the wild.
Thankfully, breeding efforts (including wildlife reserves in California and the Ukraine) have boosted the Przewalski's horse population. They were re-introduced into the wild in 1992 and are still being introduced. However, they are struggling with the grueling winters of the Gobi desert—the 2009/2010 winter, for instance, was the coldest in 50 years.
Approximately 1,500 Przewalski's horses exist today, but the vast majority live in captivity.
How to help Przewalski's horses
Conservation methods are still underway to protect the Przewalski's horse. Contact the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Canada for more information about the Przewalski's horse and learn how you can help them.
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