Przewalski's Wild Horse

Order Perissodactyla
Family Equidae
Genus Equus
Species Przewalski
Height 1-1-1.2 metres
Weight 280-300 kgs
Lifespan 25+ years
Habitat Open plains (extinct in the wild)


The Przewalski’s horse, also known as the Mongolian Wild Horse, is the only surviving species of wild horses and now mainly only exists due to successful captive breeding programmes.

It was named after N.M. Przhevalsky, a Russian explorer, after he discovered it in Western Mongolia in the 1870s. Very few of these horses are known to live in the wild. However they have recently been reintroduced to the wild. Howletts Wild Animal Park has been involved in such a programme.

They are stocky built animals, slightly larger than a Shetland Pony, with a large head, short body and strong legs. They are tan in colour with a black dorsal stripe and a short erect mane.


Przewalski Wild Horse Links

Foundation for the Preservation and Protection of the Przewalkski Wild Horse
Netherlands based organisation founded in 1977 dedicated to re-introducing the Przewalski Wild Horse into the wild.

Ecovolunteer – Reintroduction to the wild Project
Reintroduction of Przewalski horses in Hustain Nuruu Reserve in Mongolia.

Przewalski Wild Horse
Useful information on the species.

TAKHI (The Mongolian Wild Horse)
Fact Sheet.

Where Kahn once ruled, the Takhi roam again
CNN news report on the re-introduction of Przewalski Wild Horses to the wild.



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