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Endangered Species Wednesday: Przewalski's Horse

Last week's Endangered Species Wednesday was the panda.    Today, we've got something a little more obscure.  Przewalski's Horse (also called Dzungarian Horse, Asian Wild Horse, and Mongolian Wild Horse) are critically endangered wild horses who live in Asia.  

Did you know?

The Przewalski's Horse has never been successfully domesticated.  Other wild horses today, like the American Mustang, descended from domesticated animals that escaped and became feral.  

How many of these horses are left?

About 1500 as of 2005.  

Reintroduction into the wild:  

The Przewalski’s horse was extinct in the wild for over 30 years after the last wild horses died out in the 1960s.  As of 2005, there were over 200 in the wild.   They live in reserves in Mongolia, Kazahkstan, and China.  

Are they related to modern domestic horses?

No.  They used to think so, but recent genetic studies say they're not.  Przewalski's horses have 66 chromosomes, whereas domestic horses have 64!

Why are pandas endangered?

They were hunted for their meat.  They also lost some of their habitat due to domestic grazing animals.  

How can I help?

Visit The Foundation for the Preservation and Protection of the Przewalski Horse.  You can also adopt a Przewalski horse through the WWF for as little as $25!  (But for donations of $50 and $100 you get a cute little stuffed Przewalski horse!  ;-))