The City of El Paso Zoo and Botanical Gardens is proud to announce the birth of a third Przewalski’s horse, also known as the Mongolian horse.
The new female, also known as a filly, was born in the morning on Tuesday, September 20. Both mom and the foal are on display and doing fine at the Zoo.
“The El Paso Zoo is very proud to be involved in the preservation and protection of this endangered species,” said El Paso Zoo Director Joe Montisano. “The fact that we have such good parents and we are able to consistently deliver new baby animals to help the species is even better – plus, who doesn’t like a baby!”
This is the third filly born to the zoo’s adult Przewalski’s horses, Brianna and Vitalis. The first filly, Misha, was born in 2018 and was transferred to a facility in Minnesota. The second filly, Holly, was transferred to a San Diego Safari Park.
The Przewalski horse went extinct in the wild in the 1960s. Now they are only found in zoos and captive populations around the world. The El Paso Zoo, along with several other zoos in the country, are part of a consortium to try and release a small team back into the wild on a preserve in Russia. This preservation project has been placed on hold at this time due to current political conditions in Russia.
“We are excited for the birth of our new Przewalski’s horse and the fact that we are contributing to the conservation and survival of the species,” said El Paso Zoo Collections Supervisor Griselda Martinez. “Currently, the family is doing well. They are under the close watch and care of the Przewalski’s horse team,”
Przewalski’s horses are an endangered species that are managed in North America via an Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan program (SSP).