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The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) excitedly announced the birth of four Przewalski’s horse foals in Front Royal, Virginia, born in March, April and May to different mares at their facility.
The Przewalski’s horse is considered an endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, and it had gone completely extinct in the wild. However, according to the SCBI, “They were once extinct in the wild, and all the Przewalski’s horses alive today are descended from 14 individuals. SCBI scientists study Przewalski’s horse reproductive biology and have developed assisted reproduction techniques to help build a self-sustaining and genetically diverse population in human care. In 2013, the first Przewalski’s horse born as the result of an artificial insemination was born there.”
In the past, they had populations throughout Europe and Asia, but today, they can only be found at reintroduction sites in Kazakhstan, Mongolia and China.
So the birth of these four foals is a big leap forward in Przewalski’s horse conservation efforts.
The first foal, a filly (female) named Dolores, was born on March 20. The younger three are colts, or male foals.
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The first colt who is looking for a name was born on March 23. SCBI describes him as “Outgoing, confident and eager to investigate new things. The only foal that is more outgoing with a keen sense of curiosity is our filly!”
The second colt was born on April 30. SCBI characterizes him by saying he is “Very herd-motivated. He sticks close to the other foals and the herd, and pretty much does whatever they are doing.”
The final colt was born on May 29. SCBI fondly describes him as “Indecisive and a tiny bit clumsy but tags along with the older foals.”
You can find photos of the colts and help choose their names on the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. These are the five options to choose from:
Takhi Twist | Takhi is the Mongolian word for P-horse.
Ulaanbaatar Hero | Ulaanbaatar is the capital of Mongolia.
Steppenhoof | Przewalski’s horses are native to the steppes of the Gobi Desert in Mongolia.
Gobi Wan Kenobi | P-horses live in the Gobi Desert in Mongolia.
Citizen Mane | Przewalski’s horses have dark, spiky manes and no forelock.
So go to the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute website and help name one of these special horses today! Voting ends on August 13, 2018.
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