Rare Asian Wild Horse Debuts at MN Zoo
The Minnesota Zoo introduced its newest animal today. Vladamir, an Asian Wild Horse, was introduced to the habitat today, with his mother, Loretta, by his side. In the late 1960s, the Asian Wild Horse was extinct except for animals in captivity, but recent efforts to breed genetically diverse horses for release into wild have been successful -- thanks in part to the work at the Minnesota Zoo.
The Zoo's Asian Wild Horse conservation work dates back to 1990 when it sent a horse to breed in the Netherlands. Many, man horse babies were born and released in Mongolia. Today, a pair of harems living in the wild have descended from that first Zoo stallion.
Vladamir, whose mother and father are German and American, should grow to be eight or nine feet long, and 13-14 hands tall (that's about 56 inches for you less knowledgeble of the equine measurements). OK, enough science; it's time for adorable pictures!
This is about as far away as Vladamir got from his mom.
At one point, a kid who appeared to be about 7 years old came up to me and asked if these were unicorns. I didn't really know what to say to that.
OK, I know these prairie dogs aren't Asian Wild Horses, but they were too much fun to walk past and not take a picture.