Przewalski's Horse, Equus przewalskii
Captive Przwalski's horses at the Metro Toronto Zoo
horse, also known as the Mongolian ass, is the only surviving species of
wild horse (Sterry 1994, Clutton-Brock 1992). Although the species
went extinct in the wild in the 1960s, herds have recently been reintroduced
to their native habitat in Mongolia (Clutton-Brock 1992), and are now found
mainly in the Altai mountains of Mongolia, at the edge of the Gobi desert
Przewalski's horse stands a stocky
12-14hh, and is tan in colour with a lighter muzzle and underbelly. Like
the wild ass, it may also have a dorsal stripe or striping on the legs.
It also has a characteristically short, stiff mane which stands
erect and which is shed anually along with its thick wooly winter coat
E. przewalskii is believed
to be the ancestor of the domestic horse, E. caballus, but in the
past some classification schemes designated it as a sub-species of the
domestic horse, E. caballus przewalski (Clabby 1976).