Posts about equine species considered rare or endangered.

Dallas Welcomes More Asses

August 23rd, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

There’s lots to celebrate at the Dallas Zoo! Not one but two rare Somalia Wild Ass foals were born in July. Kalila (“dearly loved” in Arabic) was born to Liberty on July 9 and Naima (“calm” in Arabic) born to Hani July 19. Abai their sire arrived at the Dallas Zoo in 2005 on loan from [...]

Przewalski Horse Euthanized at the National Zoo

August 18th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Maja, a 13-year-old Przewalski’s horse was euthanized at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) August 13 for renal failure. Maja began exhibiting signs of distress only two days earlier, she stopped eating, had difficulty standing and walking and had blood in her urine. The decision to euthanize came after she did not respond to treatment and [...]

The Easter Bunny’s “Horse Cousin”

April 14th, 2017|Categories: Features|Tags: , |

They look like BIG bunnies but we can attest that they are pure genus equus – meet the Poitou donkey. Poitou donkeys originated in southern France, developed from donkeys imported from ancient Rome. They are the largest donkey breed historically used as breeding stock to produce working mules. Their coats are dark brown and black, they [...]

Dodging a Knock Out Punch

September 14th, 2016|Categories: Features|Tags: , , , |

Britain’s oldest native breed horse is more endangered than China’s giant panda or the Siberian tiger. Only 300 Suffolk Punches remain in the UK. Both the Rare Breeds Survival Trust in the UK and the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy consider its status critical. The Suffolk Punch originated from Medieval WARHorses, sturdy mounts on which titans clashed [...]