Extinct animals on display at the Natural History Museum in Stuttgart, Germany. Photo from Flickr: [x

The display features a model of a dodo skeleton and taxidermy specimens of the Great Auk, Carolina Parakeet, Przewalski’s horse, thylacine, and two Passenger Pigeons. Though it is displayed with extinct animals in this exhibit, the Przewalski’s horse is currently classified as endangered; it was once considered extinct in the wild.


Przewalski’s Foal Takes First Steps

A new Przewalski’s foal was born at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park in England, helping to preserve a species that was once extinct in the wild. The male foal was born on October 26 and was photographed taking his first steps. Przewalski’s Horses, the only truly wild horse in existence today, has been reintroduced into the wild, thanks to cooperative breeding programs enacted by zoos.

Learn more about this species at Zooborns

First Wild Horse Born from Artificial Insemination at Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

In a huge breakthrough for the survival of an endangered species, the first Przewalski’s Horse to be born via artificial insemination was delivered at the National Zoo’s Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) on July 27.

Learn more about this breakthrough along with more photos at ZooBorns!


Przewalski’s Horse Foal

First Wild Horse Born from Artificial Insemination at Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

August 1, 2013 - Scientists at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute are celebrating the birth of a female Przewalski’s (Cha-VAL-skee) horse—the first to be born via artificial insemination. The foal’s birth on July 27 signals a huge breakthrough for the survival of this species. SCBI reproductive physiologist Budhan Pukazhenthi and the Przewalski’s horse husbandry team spent seven years working closely with experts at The Wilds and Auburn University in Alabama to perfect the technique of assisted breeding. Both the filly and the first-time mother Anne are in good health and bonding.

“It seems reasonable to assume that reproduction for the Przewalski’s horse would be similar to domestic horses, but it simply isn’t the case,” said Pukazhenthi. “After all these years of persevering, I can honestly say I was elated to receive the call informing me that the foal had been born. I couldn’t wait to see her! This is a major accomplishment, and we hope our success will stimulate more interest in studying and conserving endangered equids around the world.”…

(read more: Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute)

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 新 年快乐!Friday (1/31/14) was Chinese New Year, and we are celebrating the Year of the Horse—Przewalski’s horse, that is! On July 27 last year, we celebrated the birth of a beautiful filly born to mare Anne at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. She is the first of her species to be born via artificial insemination and thrive—a scientific breakthrough by SCBI scientists and collaborators.

Since we last updated you, our filly has experienced her first snow, met her half-brother, and started training with keepers. Next, we’ll give her a name! Read the latest keeper update and enjoy new photos on our website:

Photo Credit: Dolores Reed, Smithsonian Conservation Biol. Institute