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Posted: 31st August 2021

Endangered Przewalski's horses welcomed to Edinburgh Zoo
All three of the Przewalski's horses introduced to Edinburgh Zoo are three years old.

The small bachelor herd travelled to the zoo from Highland Wildlife Park. 

Three male Przewalski's horses have been introduced to the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland's (RZSS) Edinburgh Zoo.

The rare horses, originally native to the steppes of Central Asia, have an IUCN red list status of endangered, and are the last surviving subspecies of wild horse.

Arriving on Friday 27 August from Highland Wildlife Park, the horses will be seen by the public for the first time, and the public will have the opportunity to learn how Przewalski's horses were brought back after becoming extinct in the wild in the 1960s. 

Named Och, Tomor and Kumbish, the newest members of Edinburgh Zoo are reportedly settling in well. Jonathan Appleyard, hoofstock team leader at Edinburgh Zoo, commented on the new arrivals: “After arriving yesterday, our three new boys are settling in to their new home which is just beside our giraffes on the hilltop.

“It is really exciting to introduce our visitors to this amazing species and share the incredible story of Przewalski’s horses being brought back from extinction in the wild following the success of rewilding and reintroduction projects in their native Mongolia.

“This huge feat is directly attributable to the efforts of the zoo community and shows just how important a carefully managed captive population can be for safeguarding threatened wildlife around the world.”

Anyone hoping to visit the horses can find out more at https://www.edinburghzoo.org.uk/we-are-open


Images (C) RZSS

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