Przewalski’s horse foal born at Welsh Mountain Zoo
Welsh Mountain Zoo in Colwyn Bay has taken in a Przewalski horse foal as part of its extensive breeding and conservation programme.
Khan, a male, was born on April 21 to his mother Wendy, who joined the zoo late last year from Marwell.
Khan is Przewalski’s first foal born at the zoo since 1995.
Przewalski’s wild horse was completely extinct in the wild in 1966, but has since been successfully reintroduced to its natural habitats among reserves and national parks in Mongolia following a successful captive breeding program.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has since upgraded its conservation status from “extinct in the wild” to “endangered”.
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Claire Taylor, Welsh Mountain Zoo’s Chief Warden, said: “Khan is adorable and has been extremely quick and confident to find his feet, and Wendy is proving to be an exceptional first-time mum.
“The return of Przewalski’s wild horse to its natural environment is a huge achievement for conservation.
“But the reintroduced populations remain endangered and so it is important that we continue to breed and maintain the conservation effort to support the increase in the wild population.”