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Rare horse born at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo
The Przewalski's foal is known in Mongolia as "Tahki", meaning spirit.
Przewalski’s foal is the last truly wild horse left in the world.

A rare and endangered wild horse has been born at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.

The female Przewalski’s foal was born to mum Charlotte and dad Nikki on the 13 April, much to the delight of keepers. The breed is considered to be the last truly-wild horse left in the world.

Mark Holden, team leader at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, said the birth “is a real cause for celebration”.

“This is the first female we’ve had born in a little while at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, as the last three foals were boys, so we’re hoping to ask our ZSL colleagues in Mongolia to help us choose a name,” he said.

Native to the steppes of central Asia, the Przewalski’s horse is known in Mongolia as “Tahki,” meaning spirit.

The breed was driven to near extinction in the 1960s by overhunting and habitat loss. But, thanks to the efforts of zoos and conservation efforts across the globe, the Przewalski’s horse is making a comeback.

Like any new mother, Charlotte was naturally protective of her youngster at first and kept her hidden away from onlookers. But keepers say she has loosened her watch on the foal, which can often be seen racing around the paddock.

“It’s really sad that we can’t share our excitement with visitors right now, but the birth of this endangered foal is another example of the incredibly important work we do; and why we need support, “ said Mark. “If you can, please help us by visiting our website – every donation helps.”

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